56 pass fire safety, first aid courses

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FIFTY-SIX people were appointed as fire marshals and first aiders at the Public Works Department yesterday.

The Director-General of Public Works, Hj Amer Hishamuddin POKAPDSS Hj Zakaria, presented certificates to the 24 fire marshals and 32 first aiders in a ceremony yesterday at the department’s headquarters.

The Fire and Rescue Department’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Noorzali Apong, said the newly certified fire marshals had taken part in a three-day course where they learnt the roles and responsibilities of a fire marshal.

He said they were provided with an understanding of the risks, dangers, safety, coordination and a briefing on the Fire Safety Order.

“We’re ensuring they understand the proper procedures such as what to do when there’s a fire, how to properly look after and save a victim,” he told The Brunei Times.

He encouraged all fire marshals including those in other ministries and private sector companies to continue to carry out their responsibilities and tasks with full commitment as it will help ensure safety in the workplace.

Noorzali said the Fire and Rescue Department is also hoping more government and private agencies will request for the course.

“The aim for the department is to achieve safety at the ministries, departments and in the private sector (companies). We hope that other ministries and departments continue to increase safety by requesting the department to conduct the (free-of-charge) course,” he said.

Erzam Hassan, the head educator from the National Resuscitation Centre, said the 32 new first aiders took part in the two-day Basic First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator course where they learnt about the techniques for saving lives.

“We gave them training to make them competent. This is important because accidents can happen anywhere and anytime,” he said.

He advised the first aiders to look after people during any emergencies or situations that require first aid.

Pg Azman Pg Badarudin, the head of the Public Works Department’s Health, Safety and Environment Section, said the department now has 83 fire marshals and 116 first aiders.

“We hope those appointed will do their job whenever it’s needed because these (emergency) situations are not planned, so they have to know what to do on the spot.”

He said the department is looking to hold the courses again next year and will continue to organise fire drills and other exercises.

The Brunei Times