KUALA LUMPUR - Agencies involved in disaster management should review their standard operating procedures (SOPs) so they can handle large-scale disasters, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
"Our country needs to have more enhanced preparation and planning to face future disasters, especially big ones.
"I urge all agencies involved in disaster management to review their SOPs and if necessary, enhance their mechanism and logistic capabilities to face large scale disasters," he said at the World Fire Fighters' Day celebration here yesterday, which included parades and rescue demonstrations.
He urged disaster and aid agencies to conduct more frequent training sessions to test out their SOPs and logistics.
Noting that the country had suffered losses amounting to RM1bil in fires, he called on the public to have a higher level of awareness on safety and not be lackadaisical towards fires.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin also launched the auxiliary fire fighters programme.
"The people are encouraged to register and be part of the team. The Fire and Rescue Department will provide the necessary training to help them carry out their necessary duties," he added.
He said the auxiliary fire fighters could help increase the success rate of the targeted 10-minute response time from the current 50 per cent to 80 per cent.
He attributed the current 50 per cent rate to uneven distribution of fire stations and firemen to high risk areas.