MARANG, Jan 27 (Bernama) — There are about 600 vacancies in the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), mainly for Grade KB19.
JBPM director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the vacant posts would be filled gradually to increase the strength of the 14,500 personnel currently deployed nationwide.
“Last year, we recruited about 1,000 new personnel to fill vacancies in the existing and new fire stations.
“To fill the current vacancy, recruitment will be done in stages,” he told reporters after officiating the ceremony to award service medals to the Eastern Region Malaysian Fire and Rescue Academy and the Terengganu JBPM here today.
Mohammad Hamdan said that, on Feb 1, the Eastern Region Malaysian Fire and Rescue Academy will take in about 130 new trainees to undergo training and the Fire Science Certificate course, and it is hoped that this will help fill the existing Grade KB-19 vacancy.
Meanwhile, he said the project to develop training facilities at the Eastern Region Malaysian Fire and Rescue Academy, which includes the construction of a water and highway rescue training complex, is expected to be completed next year.
“The project to develop this training facility has been approved by the government under the 12th Malaysian Plan, with an allocation of RM46 million.
“When completed, it will be one of the centres for training rescuers conducting search and rescue operations in situations involving swift water flow, floods, and so on,” he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency