Training to avoid fire mishaps, injuries at schools

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

MINISTER of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong explained that the issue of schools not complying with the Fire and Safety Order were mostly in the areas of the fire alarms/break glass being broken, expired fire extinguishers, broken hose reel, or blocked exit/access point. These faults were discovered during inspections by the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD).

The minister was responding to a earlier query raised by Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman on the issue of fire safety at schools.

The minister elaborated that the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Department, has implemented action plans, and enhanced preparedness in handling emergency situations at schools.

Among the programmes carried out is the Fire Marshal and School Emergency Evacuation Programme (fire drill). Secondly, the FRD as one of the Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), has provided training in the Fire Marshal programme.

In 2018, 144 participants underwent the training, while 190 more are expected to undergo training this year. Meanwhile, 36 government and private schools (totalling 11, 619 participants) joined the fire drill training in 2018. It will be continued this year.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman. – RAHWANI ZAHARI