James Kon & Izah Azahari
Forty-five Unified National Networks (UNN) officers and staff recently participated in a fire safety briefing by the Public Relations Division of Operation ‘A’ Branch of the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD).
The briefing at UNN, Sumbiling aimed to raise awareness on the dangers of fire as well as instilling a sense of responsibility on fire safety.
HSE officers under UNN also participated in the briefing.
Meanwhile, 41 staff members from the Department of Electrical Services (DES) took part in a three-day fire marshal course with the first group attending on August 29 to 31, and the second group on September 5 to 7.
The course was organised by the Operation ‘G’ Branch Public Relations Division of the FRD.
Participants learnt the proper use of fire extinguishers and procedures in carrying victims.
Two building evacuations and fire drills were carried out at two locations – the Temburong DES Headquarters in Batu Apoi and the Kampong Belingus Power Station – assisted by Bangar Fire Station firefighters led by the Operation ‘G’ Branch Operation Officer SSFR Mohammad Zyakwan bin Awang Idris.
Participants also learnt the importance of fire safety in theory and practice in terms of the cause of fire, knowing the correct actions to take when a fire occurs at work through a systematic building evacuation, and procedures to correctly use fire extinguishers and fire blankets.
They also visited the Bangar Fire Station to learn about firefighting equipment.
The course concluded with a certificate presentation by the Officer-in-Charge of Operation ‘G’ Branch SSFR Haji Afiq bin Haji Julah, SSFR Mohammad Zyakwan, as well as the Bangar Fire Station Commander SO Ishraqi bin Haji Sidup, and witnessed by the Acting Head of the DES Public Relations Unit Kamarul Faizal bin Abu Bakar.
Nineteen teachers from private schools in the Tutong District also completed a three-day fire marshal course recently.
The course was facilitated by Public Relations Division of Operation ‘E’ Branch under the FRD at Tutong Chung Hwa School.
The course exposed participants to fire safety through theory and practical sessions including an in-house fire drill exercise for the teachers.
They learnt about the causes of fire, actions to take when confronted with fire incidents in the workplace as well as carrying out an evacuation exercise systematically and the correct way of saving oneself if trapped inside a building duringa fire.
The participants also visited the Women’s Operations Unit of the FRD.