Covid-19: 55 firefighters positive, one dead last year

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Director-General of Fire and Rescue Department, Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 28 DECEMBER 2018 tested Covid-19 positive firefighters
Director-General of Fire and Rescue Department, Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 28 DECEMBER 2018 Director-General of Fire and Rescue Department, Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 28 DECEMBER 2018

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 55 firefighters from the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) were tested positive for Covid-19, meanwhile, one of them passed away last year.

Its Director-General, Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said that the JBPM was not excused but also felt the impact of the virus outbreak.

“One of our heroes passed away due to Covid-19 in 2020,” he said in his 2021 New Year address at the JBPM today.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Hamdan said that the operations of 162 fire stations were also affected as the firefighters on duty had to be trained administratively.

Since the outbreak in February last year, JBPM had shouldered huge responsibility as one of the main frontliners in overcoming the disease.

“As of 31 December last year, 1290 members were involved in 17,585 operations which encompassed of seven Humanity and Disaster Assistance Missions (HADR) and 1,375 victims relocation missions.

“We also had to disinfect 65 epicentres / disinfect People Under Investigation (PUI) and Patients Under Surveillance (PUS), 13,220 public sanitisation (involving 14,784 premises and 137 EMCO zones), three corpse management assistance, 214 fire security inspections at quarantine stations and 2,701 other executions,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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