Kuch­ing disas­ter man­age­ment train­ing in­cludes plane crash, chem­i­cal spill

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KUCH­ING: A ‘plane crash’ at the Samajaya In­dus­trial area made waves here at 8am yes­ter­day.

Apart from the crash, there was also an oil and chem­i­cal spill, which re­sulted in an of­fice build­ing crum­bling to the ground and a fac­tory catch­ing fire.

Ten vic­tims were iden­ti­fied, with most of them sus­tain­ing se­vere in­juries and were rushed to the Sarawak Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The search-and-res­cue team pre­dicts more vic­tims will be found, and they are ready to as­sist.

This may sound like an ac­ci­dent or a ter­ror­ist at­tack, but it is nei­ther.

The sit­u­a­tion above was part of a D’Mex Disas­ter Man­age­ment Train­ing con­ducted un­der the ob­ser­va­tion of the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment.

Sarawak Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment di­rec­tor Khirudin Drah­man said the train­ing in­volved the co­or­di­na­tion of var­i­ous agen­cies, in­clud­ing the po­lice, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the Chem­i­cal Depart­ment, the Civil De­fence Force, the Health Depart­ment as well as Malaysia Air­ports Hold­ings Bhd.

Ac­cord­ing to Khirudin, the main pur­pose of the train­ing was to test the ef­fi­ciency of each agen­cies’ stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure when it came to bigscale disas­ter and emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“The train­ing is done by var­i­ous agen­cies. It is held ev­ery year to en­sure each agen­cies’ readi­ness to face emer­gency sit­u­a­tions that could hap­pen at any time,” he said.

The clos­ing cer­e­mony, at­tended by Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Mohd Ham­dan Wahid, was held at the Tabuan Jaya Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment’s head­quar­ters at 5pm.

PIC COUR­TESY OF FIRE AND RES­CUE DEPART­MENT

D’Mex Disas­ter Man­age­ment Train­ing be­ing held at the Samajaya In­dus­trial area in Kuch­ing yes­ter­day.

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