Subang Jaya: When the idea of starting up a community fire brigade in Subang Jaya was first mooted several years ago, little did the Subang Jaya community and the Fire and Rescue Department realise how it would change the way both parties could work together for the betterment of the neighbourhood. Hard work and determination, packed with the believe that support from the leaders of the community and officers from the SS17 Fire and Rescue Department (Subang Jaya) would see to the fruition of this idea, the USJ2 and USJ6 Rukun Tetangga took on the challenge to set up the country’s first ever community fire brigade.
The Subang Jaya Community Fire Brigade which will be made up of residents above the age of 18 was launched on Selangor's Hari Bomba on May 5 by the state's deputy director Mohd Puzi Mohd Tabot at the state level celebrations. It was held at Mydin USJ1. The brigade, which already has 20 men and women signed up, is expected to begin its physical eight-hours a month training with the SS17 station starting this month. Made up of residents from Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, USJ and Putra Heights, the team is expected to be joined by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council's Emergency Response Team, St John Ambulance and even members of the police force from IPD Subang Jaya.
According to Puzi, the brigade is the first of its kind in Selangor and across the country to emphasis community involvement in raising awareness of fire prevention. "The brigade will focus on creating awareness among residents in Subang Jaya on fire prevention and assist the department in community outreach programmes such as the adoption and care of fire hydrants, the use of fire extinguishers as well as assisting the department in emergencies." "Training will be provided by our SS17 Subang Jaya team starting with physical exercise and subsequently fire fighting training, including first-aid," he said during his speech. Puzi said the brigade participation will also be open to physically-abled senior citizens who wished to participate and contribute their time and effort to the cause. USJ2 and USJ6 Rukun Tetangga chairman Ang How Chuan who donned the fireman's helmet to symbolically accept the appointment as chairman of the brigade said he was overjoyed with the launch of the body which would add another service to be provided by the Rukun Tetangga which comes under the National Unity and Integration Department. "Today, we take a step forward to extend our services to the community we live in with the Community Fire Brigade.
"Our initiatives will reach out to the residents of Subang Jaya while at the same time, help foster closer ties amongst all races and religion." "We are very excited about this new initiative of ours and we hope more Subang Jaya residents will join us to realise our dream of making this neighbourhood a Fire Free Zone," he said. During the event, children in mini fireman uniforms participated in a colouring contest and there was also a display of the Fire and Rescue Department's equipment and vehicles. Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh also dropped by and was given a tour of the exhibition by SS17 Bomba chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Khairi Daud. Later that day, SS17 police station head Inspector Sulaiman Baputty led a team of police officers to pay a surprise visit to the firemen and presented them with a cake to commemorate Hari Bomba. He handed the cake to senior officer (II) Azman Md Zin. Residents who wish to join the Subang Jaya Community Fire Brigade can call the SS17 station at 03-5634 9444 or email their details, including name, IC number, address and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org.