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  • Malaysia’s first ‘Zero-Fire Community’ celebrates 1st anniversary

  • THE country’s first Zero-Fire Community, Desa Parkcity, celebrated its first anniversary of being ‘zero-fire incident’ for one year. The residential development located in Bandar Sri Manjalara adopted the Zero-Fire Community programme a year ago in cooperation with the Fire Prevention Council Malaysia (FIPCOM).

    The campaign was developed by FIPCOM in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s vision and aspirations for the 1Malaysia programme.

    “As the country becomes a developed nation, it is important that every aspect of the lives of the citizens regardless of race, religion or social class improves in tandem,” said FIPCOM national chairman, Datuk Soh Chai Hock.

    “This includes quality of life and risk management to preserve it, and the Zero-Fire Community programme is a way of achieving this,” Soh added.

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    A community which has adopted the programme is deemed a Zero-Fire Community if it achieved zero-fire incidents for a period of 365 days.

    Soh clarified that ‘zero-fire incident’ does not necessarily mean a complete absence of fires in the community. Although such an achievement was desirable, the programme’s focus was on a community’s state of preparedness in the event a fire breaks out.

    “This translates into a community’s ability to detect and put out fires as it breaks out. It envisages members of the community as the first line of defence against fire outbreaks,” explained Soh.

    The former director general of the Fire and Rescue Services Department clarified that the first respondents to a fire was not the Fire Department but members of the community who are present when it breaks out.

    “As such it is crucial that members of a community are not only equipped with the knowledge of prevention, but also the equipment like smoke alarms and portable extinguishers to detect and put out fires as they happen,” he added.

    Soh said zero-fire in a community begins in homes that are safe through good housekeeping and the adoption of a fire safety culture.

    He stressed that this translates to a need for good housekeeping as a tidy home is less of a fire risk than one that is not. The other aspect of a fire safety culture is creating a state of preparedness.

    “This includes devising a fire evacuation plan that is communicated to all occupants in the home, especially the young and the elderly,” he added.

    Soh said in the event a fire breaks out and cannot be contained without the assistance of the Fire Department, then the community has to relaunch its campaign and start from day-one again.

    “Such an incident should not be taken as failure but rather an opportunity to take stock and to assess what weaknesses there were that led to the fire. In fact, it represents an opportunity to reinforce the fire safety culture and state of preparedness of a community,” Soh explained.

    He also added that the programme also requires the community to engage with the whole complete chain of partners-in-service of not just the Fire Department but also other emergency response agencies such the Police, ambulance, Civil Defence and Rela.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2011/05/12/malaysias-first-zerofire-community-celebrates-1st-anniversary/#WCgebubxPWLQJiEJ.99