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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Forest fires in Tutong and Belait

Several areas in Belait and Tutong Districts are currently affected by the forest and bush fires which occurred due to the hot and dry weather condition. The fire also cause slight haze at the affected areas.

In a visit recently (21 April 2014, Monday) at the forest fires at Seria Bypass, Belait District saw firefighters are still on the fire site. The affected areas are divided into two sector where the first sector are at the lane heading to Seria where the fire had occurred for nearly a week while at the second sector is at the lane heading to Lumut is the new site which ignites recently. The fire saw the deployment of firefighters and fire engines from Seria Fire Station. They also face challenge as the area are inaccessible for fire engines as well as the absence of open water source at a sector. The fire engines had to take turn shuttling water with the aid of the trailer pump which is used to pump water to the fire site and fire engine.

This afternoon also saw the fire spread on the peat swamp forests at the roadside with the aid of windy and dry weather which cause a section of the Seria Bypass covered in smoke. The firefighters also had to use flooding technique to flood the peat swamp in order to extinguish the blaze. However the operation are suspended in the night time for the safety of the personnel. Traffic cones are also placed at the area to warn motorists on the operation zone.

Meanwhile at Tutong District a number of bush and forest fire occurred at rural Tutong. Around 12pm two bushfire occurred at Jalan Sekolah Rendah Penapar and near a turn in Penapar village which cause thick smoke rising and covering the village. A team of firefighters in a fire engine from Lamunin fire station later arrive after receiving emergency call from the villager. They managed to extinguish the fire in few minutes.

The Tutong fire station also fully deployed in since 1pm after they receive emergency call on forest and bushfires in Jalan Pengasing near Seri Kenangan Beach, Kampong Danau, and Kampong Bukit Udal. While at Lubok Pulau village a team of firefighters and a fire engine led by Deputy Station Officer (DSO) Said had to monitor closely a forest fire which reignite due to the dry weather condition to prevent it from reaching the nearby houses, farms and mosque.

Due to the current hot and dry weather the Fire Rescue Department (FRD) saw the number of rising forest and bush fire cases. The public are also advised to avoid open burning as well as drive cautiously at the affected area due to the movement of firefighters and fire engines. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bushfire in Lorong Tiga

A bushfire destroyed several hectares of bushes in Lorong Tiga area, Seria last Sunday (20 April 2014, Sunday). The fire which occurred at the bushes opposite the Lorong Tiga Housing Area Mosque caused the area covered in smoke.

A team of firefighters in a fire engine from Belait Fire Station rushes to the scene after receiving emergency call from the villagers as well as covering their counterparts from Seria Fire Station who are also busy fighting the forest fires in Anduki and Seria Bypass. They managed to control the fire within minutes with the help of several passerby.

Currently several areas in the Belait District are affected by the current dry weather thus keeping the Operational B command Belait District firefighters as well as the Brunei Shell Fire and Emergency Response (BSP FAERS) busy responding to forest and bush fires across the district. The public are also advised not to conduct open burning or bonfire withour supervision or during fishing and farming as it might cause major incidents such as forest and bushfires.  

Forest fires in Tutong

Numerous forest and bushfires occurred in Tutong District last Thursday (17 April 2014, Thursday). Among the areas affected was around Tutong Town, Lubok Pulau and the largest is in Telisai.

The Telisai forest fire occurred since morning at the beachfront forests however by midday the strong current and hot weather spread the fire towards the villages. By 2pm the fire had destroyed several hectares of forests and bushes from Simpang 1532 until Simpang 1638. The concerned villagers then alert the fire rescue department which later dispatched a team of firefighter and two fire engines from Tutong Fire Station led by Deputy Station Officer (DSO) Mohd Hanafi.

The firefighters had to divide themselves into two teams where a team conduct offensive firefighting to extinguish the blaze while another team conduct defensive firefighting by damping the vegetations surrounding the nearby houses. They also had to face several difficulties such as thick vegetation and the fire which occurred deep in the forest.

As the Telisai blaze is brought under control another fire occurred near Semaun Aquaculture Complex in Sungai Paku which causes a team of firefighters rushed to the scene while another keep the fire under control.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bushfire in Telisai

A bushfire destroys a bushes and a plantation in a bushfire which occurred recently (Sunday 6 April 2014) in Telisai Village, Tutong. The fire which occurred around 4pm is suspected due to the hot and dry weather condition in the area. A team of firefighters in a fire engine from Tutong Fire Station rushes to the scene after receiving emergency call from the villagers. They had to take swift action in order to prevent the fire affecting several houses at the area. The fire also caused the nearby main road covered by smoke. The firefighters managed to control and extinguish the blaze several minutes later.

RBAF Ford Ranger tactical ambulance

Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) operates several Ford Ranger tactical ambulances. The tactical ambulance is used to provide first aid as well as for evacuation at areas which is inaccessible to domestic ambulance. The ambulance can carry one or two casualty if need arise as well as equipped with typical medical equipment.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FRD celebrates 54th anniversary

In conjunction with its 54th anniversary, Brunei Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) last Tuesday (1 April 2014, Tuesday) held a parade and appreciation day. The ceremony was held at the FRD Training Centre, Lambak Kanan.

Present as guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman, Minister of Home Affairs. Also present was Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Lailaraja Mejar Jeneral (R) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, MoHA permanent secretaries Dr Hj Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Awang Hj Abidin and Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Majid bin Mangarshah as well as other FRD officers and guests.

The event started with the mass parade consists of male and female officers and personnel from all the FRD branches in the four districts followed by the speech by the guest of honour. The guest of honour then presented the awards to the exemplary fire stations as well as to the exemplary officers and personnel and members of public who contribute to FRD.

This ceremony concludes with the group photo session of the guest of honour and the FRD officers and personnel which forms the number 54 to symbolize the 54th anniversary. The guest of honour, deputy minister and the permanent secretaries then greet the formation of the FRD officers and personnel who participate the parade.

Blood donation in Tutong FS

In conjunction with its 54th anniversary the Brunei Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) this morning (26 March 2014, Wednesday) continues its blood donation drive. The event was held with cooperation from RIPAS hospital Blood Bank at Tutong Fire Station, Operational E command.

Present as special guest to the event was Senior Superintendent of Fire Rescue (SSFR) Tahir Hj Muktal, Operational E command Commanding Officer. The one day blood donation saw the participation of officers and staffs from the E command headquarters, Tutong and Lamunin fire station as well as members of the public. Among the objective of the event was to celebrate the FRD 54th anniversary as well as bind ties with the public through community oriented activities.

The event concluded with the presentation of certificates to donors which was presented by SSFR Tahir Hj Muktal.