• FIRE PREVENTION COUNCIL MALAYSIA

    FIPCOM

    A Government Linked NGO
    Under

    National Fire Prevention Committee (NFPC)

  • THE LAUNCHING OF “ZERO-FIRE COMMUNITY” CAMPAIGN


  • PRESS RELEASE:

    COLLABORATION BETWEEN DESA PARKCITY

    AND

    FIRE PREVENTION COUNCIL MALAYSIA (FIPCOM)

    FOR THE LAUNCHING OF

    “ZERO-FIRE COMMUNITY” CAMPAIGN

    Saturday, 17 APRIL 2010

    Desa ParkCity is the very first gated and guarded community in the country to take on a campaign by FIPCOM known as ‘ Zero-Fire Community’, the first of its kind here in Malaysia. The campaign was adapted from an international concept by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) known as ‘Disaster-Resistant Communities’, which holds an objective to prepare societies with relevant procedures and tools for survival in the event of a disaster. This campaign is a major step by FIPCOM in its effort to raise greater fire safety and prevention awareness, specifically in homes as fire incidents are most common in housing areas. FIPCOM will be looking to take this campaign nationwide and considers it to be absolutely necessary for a country that is rapidly on its way to gaining 1st World status. Yg Bhg Datuk Dr. Soh Chai Hock, National Chairman of FIPCOM will officially launch this Campaign.

    Fire statistics show that lives and property damage due to fires are on the rise. In 2009, a total of 29,417 fire emergency calls were received with 5,410 fire incidents reported. Most of the 76 fatalities were young children and elderly persons (Fire Statistics by Fire & Rescue Department Malaysia). In most of these tragedies, the victims are usually not equipped with an extinguisher to suppress the fire. This alarming trend has prompted Desa ParkCity to raise its hand in encouraging the community to take proactive steps toward fire prevention through this collaborative project with FIPCOM.

    According to the Malaysian Statistics Department, there are more than 5 million homes in Malaysia. 95 percent of these homes are not equipped with fire extinguishers.

    This campaign is strongly supported by the Ministry of Housing & Local Government Malaysia, the Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia and the National Fire Prevention Committee.