The Emergency Medical Ambulance Services (EMAS) was inaugurated in 2017 to provide integrated services between ambulance services and the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD).
There are currently 25 fire stations nationwide. Ambulance services are being allocated at the stations.
This was said by Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong during the 18th Legislative Council (LegCo) session, in response to questions raised by Yang Berhormat Iswandy bin Ahmad on the effectiveness of EMAS services and whether it is still being carried out.
According to the minister, when there is an emergency, such as a car accident, both agencies could respond at the same time.
Yang Berhormat Iswandy also called for the establishment of a centralised national hotline to assist the public in case of an emergency.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar said, “We have already established Darussalam Line 123 to serve non-essential services. The service is to coordinate as part of the whole-of-nation approach between the FRD, the Royal Brunei Police Force and Ambulance Service.
“At the same time, the Darussalam Line can also assist the public in clearing the confusion over which number to call in case of an emergency.”
“Plans to integrate emergency lines are currently under evaluation and will be shared accordingly,” the minister added.