LIMBANG: The Fire and Rescue Department heree recorded a total of 131 emergency calls, involving 44 calls for fire cases and 87 for special services in the first seven months of this year.
Its chief Anuar Shadzat Merdzuki said from the 131 emergency calls, Limbang recorded 85 cases and Lawas, 46.
“During the dry season that hit a few months ago, a total of 24 fire cases were reported, with eight in Limbang and another 16 from Lawas district.
“The number of cases increases from only nine cases recorded last year of the same duration,” he said to thesundaypost yesterday.
Anuar added that his personnel succeeded in carrying out the biggest fire fighting operation involving peat fire in Banting, Lawas in June.
“The peat fire involving 200 acres land was the biggest operation and we faced some difficult conditions due to the lack of water sources,” he said.
However, with quick response and fast action from the department, they were able to save a settlement, school and villages from being affected by the fire outbreak. Anuar revealed that a total of 58 educational activities has been conducted to raise awareness to the public at large.
“From the total, 48 programmes were carried out in Limbang and 10 in Lawas,” he said.