FRD rolls out solution to vandalised hydrants

James Kon

The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) has devised a prototype to overcome faulty or vandalised fire hydrants when responding to fires. The still unnamed device was revealed to the local media during a FRD socialisation session at the Berakas Fire Station on Saturday.

The box-shaped prototype can be installed over fire hydrants that have been vandalised or are missing components, allowing access to water in the event of a fire. The device has yet to be deployed in a real situation.

Assistant Director of Technical at the FRD Nohi Irwan Surkarki bin Haji Pawi explained, “This is a prototype we came up with to work around the issue of fire hydrants that have been vandalised or have had their components stolen. We have prototype 1 and the improved prototype 2, which reduces installation time. If the device proves to be a success, we will have them available in every fire truck.”

In 2019, 566 fire hydrants in the Brunei-Muara District were stolen, damaged or vandalised, leading to losses amounting to over BND200,000.

Assistant Director of Technical at the Fire and Rescue Department Nohi Irwan Surkarki bin Haji Pawi with the prototype to remedy faulty fire hydrants. PHOTO: JAMES KON