Friday, October 18

‘SOP for water rescue missions to be revised’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) yesterday stressed that the Fire and Rescue Department’s (JBPM) water search and rescue mission for a teenager who fell to a mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong recently was carried out according to the standard operating procedure.

Its minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin in a statement yesterday said, however, that following the tragedy, there was an urgent need to review the existing SOP. Six members of JBPM’s Water Rescue Unit were caught in a whirlwind during the operation on Oct 3.

“As stated yesterday (Tuesday) in Parliament, the KPKT has set up a committee to investigate, find the cause, make recommendations to improve the existing SOP to ensure such a tragedy does not occur again. This includes identifying techniques that are more appropriate to launch rescue operations in various situations, and reduce the risks faced by firemen,” said Zuraida. — Bernama