Almost 3,000 emergency calls made in first half of 2021

James Kon

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) responded to 2,850 emergency calls from January to June involving accidents, landslides, wild animal incidents, gas leakage, structural fires, forest and bush fires, car fires, getting locked out of cars and rooms, and getting locked inside cars.

Some 59 calls for structural fires were received in Brunei-Muara District, 15 in Belait District, 10 in Tutong District and two in Temburong District, department statistics revealed.

Of 30 major structural fires, 10 were building fires with losses of BND2,129,300 and 20 were house fires with losses of BND665,150.

The department also received 56 minor fire calls where 13 were building fires and 43 house fires caused by electric fires, unattended cooking and gas leak.

The main cause of structural fires was electric fires where 28 per cent were due to faulty main switchboard, overloading and fuse cutout. Sixteen per cent were caused by negligence like overloading extension cable for charging phones and overheating while 11 per cent were caused by faulty equipment such as air conditioners, washing machine and LED light.

Other causes of structural fires were incendiary incident at six per cent, human error at 18 per cent and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at seven per cent.

The department conducted a community outreach programme participated by 11,785 individuals. Some 35 individuals received community excellence award for extinguishing fires.

Some 118,795 individuals have attended public awareness programmes from 2018 to 2021.

The public is reminded to make sure their homes are equipped with fire extinguishers, fire blankets and smoke detectors.