Terengganu freezes firemen's annual leave

Terengganu freezes firemen's annual leave
Houses in Kuala Terengganu flooded after heavy rain, as residents are evacuated (pictured) to a school on 19 November 2014.
PHOTO: NSTP

KUALA TERENGGANU - The 700 firemen in the state will be ready if the monsoon floods were to hit Terengganu.

To brace for the monsoon, the state Fire and Rescue Department Operations Assistant Director Khairul Arifin Che Ramli said the annual leave of firemen in the state would be frozen effective Nov 1.

"Our firemen will be put on 24-hour shifts during the floods.

"We have serviced and placed all our boats, lorries and equipment on standby for the monsoon," he said yesterday.

He said the department would be using 35 aluminium boats and 15 lorries for rescue and evacuation operations.

Khairul added that firemen who have been selected to operate the boats during the floods had also been sent for through training in September.

"We have also visited most of the flood risk areas such as Chukai, Hulu Besut, Setiu, Kuala Berang and some low lying areas in Dungun. We will station our men at these areas to ensure proper assistance can be given.

"We also want to make sure that all evacuees can be transported to their relief centres before the situation worsens," he said.

During the last monsoon season, the state government lost RM304mil (S$100 million) due floods and saw more than 70,000 people evacuated to some 333 relief centres.

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