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fire­fight­ers should be more mean­ing­ful and filled with spir­i­tual el­e­ments, in­clud­ing knowl­edge to in­crease so­ci­ety’s and na­tion’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion and giv­ing mean­ing­ful im­pact to the ser­vice.

Sul­tan Nazrin said there were two key­words for the cel­e­bra­tion — ap­pre­ci­ate and re­spect.

Sul­tan Nazrin gave five sug­ges­tions on how to ap­pre­ci­ate the fire­fight­ers’ sac­ri­fices.

“Firstly, or­gan­ise train­ing pro­grammes and op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures that en­hance the fire­fight­ers’ pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Se­condly, iden­tify the lat­est equip­ment needed to tackle cur­rent sce­nar­ios to en­sure the ef­fec­tive­ness of the fire depart­ment.

“Thirdly, eval­u­ate op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures and equip­ment to min­imise the risk faced by fire­fight­ers.

“Fourthly, draft a ser­vice and char­ity pack­age, not just for those who are serv­ing, but most im­por­tantly, of­fi­cers who have re­tired, com­men­su­rat­ing with their sac­ri­fices, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and risks.

“And fi­nally, in­crease the na­tion’s aware­ness of the sac­ri­fices made by fire­fight­ers so that the pub­lic will have a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of them.”

Sul­tan Nazrin said he had wit­nessed teams of fire­men car­ry­ing out res­cue oper­a­tions in Perak and he val­ued their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.

“When per­form­ing their duty, the fire­men are will­ing to sac­ri­fice and ob­serve hu­man val­ues, car­ry­ing out their job self­lessly to save life and prop­erty,” he said.

“As such, it is im­por­tant to cel­e­brate the World Fire­fight­ers Day, which was in­sti­tuted fol­low­ing a tragedy which killed five fire­fight­ers in Lin­ton, Aus­tralia in 1998. May 4 was cho­sen as a day to hon­our Saint Flo­rian, one of the ear­li­est fire­fight­ers in me­dieval Rome.

“In the long his­tory of fire­fight­ing, thou­sands more are suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple in­juries and ill­nesses af­ter their re­tire­ment, and the med­i­cal costs in­curred as a re­sult of fire­men risk­ing their life and limb,” he said.

Sul­tan Nazrin said the ded­i­ca­tion shown by the fire­fight­ers was in­deed a fardu ki­fayah (col­lec­tive obli­ga­tion) and he hoped the fire­men’s fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives would re­ceive God’s bless­ings.

Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah launch­ing the In­ter­na­tional Fire­fight­ers Day in Ipoh yes­ter­day. With him are Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar (left), Perak Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (right) and Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim (sec­ond from right). PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

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