• FIRE PREVENTION COUNCIL MALAYSIA

    FIPCOM

    A Government Linked NGO
    Under

    National Fire Prevention Committee (NFPC)

  • Zero-Fire Community


  • Zero-Fire Community

    Fire Prevention Council Malaysia better known as FIPCOM is a Government linked NGO which was formed on 26 July 2007 under the Association Act 1966. FIPCOM plays an important role in coordinating and executing fire prevention activities throughout the country jointly with the Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia and others NGOs and private sectors with similar interests.

    FIPCOM was launched on 31st January 2008 by the former Minister of Housing and Local Government, YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting. The first National Chairman was held by former Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government, YB Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew. The current National Chairman is Datuk Dr. Soh Chai Hock, former Director General of the Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia.

    The objects of FIPCOM shall be:

    • To promote public awareness of the importance of fire prevention, and to secure the cooperation of the public in establishing proper prevention and protection measure against loss of life and property in case of fire.
    • To study, develop and improve fire prevention and protection measures suitable for adoption by the public.
    • To recommend, encourage and promote public adoption of such measures.
    • To co-ordinate fire prevention and protection measures promoted by any organizations interested in such activities.

    In line with our Prime Minister’s vision and aspirations of 1Malaysia, FIPCOM jointly with Desa ParkCity  and others partners-in-service have launched the 1st project for “Zero-Fire Community”.

    As our country is undergoing transformation towards achieving the developed first world status, it is important that every aspect of life such as the standard of living, quality of life, risk management and environment preservation is in tandem with this transformation process. Together, we can make our homes a safer place through this program.

    What does Zero-Fire Incident mean?

    Zero-Fire in home means achieving zero fire incidents in a home everyday within a time frame (365 days) and celebrating the success. Zero-fire is a self-help (self-monitoring, similar to ISO standards) fire safety program, by the people for the community, and is a win-win strategy which is realistic, achievable and can be practiced by all.

    This approach will benefit the community on the following:

    • Save lives and prevent injury
    • Protect homes against fire and the environment,
    • Fast and systematic.
    • Cultivate new fire safety culture
    • Quick return to normalcy.

    This safety program has no legal enforcement and is carried out by volunteers as a moral obligation to the people and nation. The concept is similar to the ‘UN Environmental Program (UNEP)’ on building a Disaster – Resistant Community to protect the people against disasters.

    Sustainability of Zero-Fire Incident (Success over a Major Fire)

    – ‘Zero Fire Incident’ does not mean that there will be TOTALLY no fire. However, in the event of a fire outbreak, if it is immediately detected, extinguished at the incipient stage without (minimal) injury or losses, it is still considered a ‘Zero Fire Incident’. If a big fire (uncontrollable) breaks-out, the program is to be re-launched. Responding as a community, they are to work together in order to control and eliminate the fire in its incipient stage.

    Collaboration with Partners-in-Service

    To achieve the status of Zero – Fire Community, the whole complete chain of the community, including the emergency response agencies (Fire and Rescue Department, the Police force, Medical, Civil Defense, RELA, Voluntary Organization, etc.) are to participate in the program. Community leaders, property owners, developers, residents and the public must be involved.

    • The objective is to create a new fire safety culture especially among younger generation.
    • People especially children, the elderly and the handicap, need to learn protect themselves, family and friends from the dangers of fire. They need to be trained from young to protect their homes and others, property.

    Who is the first Respondent?

    • During an outbreak of fire, the 1st emergency responder is not the Fire Dept. or the ERT. Usually, it is the home occupier / neighbors. Knowing what and how to do will save lives and control the fire. To contain the fire while waiting for emergency services can minimize damages.

    To achieve this program…

    Every home can achieve Zero – Fire by ensuring that their homes are safe and that there is no fire in their homes everyday. This can be achieved by emergency preparedness and a new fire safety culture in our community, especially among youngsters. Home owners and their family who practice Zero-fire should ensure a fire escape plan, smoke detectors, instant escape fire grills, extinguishers, emergency flash lights and good house-keeping is always updated and maintained in working order.

    Zero-Fire can be achieved and enhanced through the following:

    • Create Zero-fire incident awareness for all.
    • Set short-term and long-term goals to achieve 0 fire incident a day at a time.
    • Creating incentives and fire safety awards for residents when 0 fire incidents are achieved within time-frame.
    • Establishments of fire safety community in the large housing estates including Emergency Respond Team.
    • Regular self fire safety inspections of homes.

    Strategies and Approaches:

    1.) Prevention – The easiest and most cost-effective. Regularly check your home for fire hazards.

    • Ensure fire hydrants in your area are not blocked or damaged. It is an offense under the Fire Service Act, you can help by notifying the Fire authority.
    • Check your liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, joints, cookers and ovens are in good working condition.
    • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach and sight of children.
    • Have adequate ashtrays where people smoke.
    • Keep flammable liquids in non-combustible (strong metal) containers.
    • A clean house is a safe house. Clean your old papers, rubbish and unused clothing. Good housekeeping helps prevent fires.
    • Avoid using highly combustible material for children clothing, curtains and household items.
    • Hot water and liquid can burn just like fires. Be caution when handling hot liquids in homes.

    2.) Protection. – The protection of Life is the prime consideration in any fires. Ensure your home is protected with basic fire equipment.

    • Install battery-operated smoke detectors in your home. Smoke detectors help save lives.
    • Install portable fire extinguisher and learn how to operate it. Most extinguishers last less than 30 – 60 seconds.
    • Instant Escape Fire Grills are installed in the right locations.
    • Collapsible / Coil ladders (15 / 20 feet) must be light enough to be used by kids and elders and used for only low-rise buildings.
    • Keep hand flash-lights near the bed and install portable emergency lightings at stairways.
    • Install a First Aid Kit at home.

    3.) Preparation – Plan your drill, drill your plan. A man surprised is half-beaten, always be prepared for a fire.

    • Make and practice a home fire escape plan with your whole family.
    • What action to be taken when the smoke detector goes off and how to evacuate safely from the building, especially moving in the dark or a smoke-filled room.
    • Enjoy quality family time by conducting fire drills in the home and identify alternate escape routes.
    • Handicaps and the elderly should be accommodated on the ground floor for easy evacuation in the event of a fire.
    • Ensure keys for doors and metal grills are easily available in case of emergency.
    • Regularly practice how to operate your fire protective equipment.
    • Test your instant fire escape grill for emergency exits.
    • Practice using emergency exits in the dark. Most fatal house fires starts at night, when we are asleep and least likely to respond quickly.
    • Test your smoke alarms monthly and change its battery yearly.
    • Teach the family to stay low in smoke to avoid inhaling poisonous gases (Stay Low & Go) 8 out of 10 deaths is due to smoke inhalation.
    • Learn how to close the door behind you when escaping from a room that is on fire.
    • Arrange a meeting place outside the home, make sure everyone knows how to escape quickly and assemble at the meeting place. Get Out & Stay Out.
    • Do not wait in a burning building to call an emergency service. Get out of the house; use a mobile phone or the neighbor’s phone.
    • Learn the emergency phone number. Have it pasted on your telephone and your neighbor’s phone. Emergency Calls – Get it Right the 1st Dial 999 and:-
    1. What is the Emergency?
    2. Where is it Located?
    3. Your Name
    4. Is anyone in Danger or Injured?
    5. Wait for the Fire Brigade to repeat the Address correctly
    6. Give Details of the Fire (Precise Location, Sprinkler working or not, Casualties, anything else)
    7. Use your judgment – If the fire seems manageable, attempt to extinguish without personal risks. If not, get out of the vicinity and isolate the fire by closing doors.
    8. Do not endanger yourself OR others.

    4.) Response – The speed and the right response towards a fire can minimize its effect and save lives.

    • Alert everybody and evacuate the house immediately, but do not run.
    • Immediately call Fire Rescue Services.
    • Try to extinguish the fire and eliminate it without personal risks. However, if the fire cannot be suppressed, get out and close the door behind you.

    5.) Recovery – Arrangement to ensure that your house can be quickly returned to normalcy.

    • Keep contact with your Insurance agents and update your policies.
    • Get advice from your solicitors.
    • Take time to make a household inventory in case of fire or burglary.
    • Photograph all your possession and list the valuable items. Keep the inventory list, photos, entitles and receipts together in a safe location to prevent loss by fire and theft.

    Desa ParkCity, Malaysia’s first Zero-Fire Community.

    FIPCOM and Desa ParkCity will launch the Zero-Fire Community Program on 17 April 2010. This program will be practiced for a time-period and monitored daily. (Ends on 16 April 2010, 365 Days) To create awareness of this program, the in-house Safety Community will regularly post information (update) on the program. The safety community must maintain the momentum and enthusiasm for the success of the program and launch Desa ParkCity as Malaysia’s First Zero-Fire Community.