Safety Month : Fire Brigade Volunteers Ready for Any Emergency
28 March 2019
When disaster strikes in the Highlands, you’ll see a double dose of rescuers that include a Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Team. It’s these brave men and women who confront trouble head on, skilled in everything from high-risk rope rescues in the mountains to extrication after a car crash.
Jobsite employees and their families got an up-close and personal look at just what it takes to rescue victims during the recent Internal Fire Rescue Challenge held as part of National Occupational Safety and Health Month.
Divided into six teams, 49 Volunteer Fire Brigade members faced two rigorous tests to prove physical endurance and problem-solving ability: 1) Saving “victims” trapped in a vehicle and 2) Evacuating “victims” from mountainous terrain using ropes.
“The Committee selected these challenges based on real-life emergencies here in our area. We have steep terrain and a high risk of motor vehicle accidents,” said Hanny Runtuwene, General Superintendent, Emergency Preparedness & Response Team.
Scores measured speed, responsiveness, accuracy and rope-climbing skills. Congrats to the winning captain, Budi Sutrisna, and the top team, FVB 923 Amole Team.
Fire Brigade Volunteers receive the same material and training as the Emergency and the Underground Mine Rescue teams, Runtuwene said. They also are on call for crisis situations.
“When there was a flash flood in the Tembagapura area, the volunteers were activated to help the Emergency team, and they contributed to the rescue efforts,” he said.
The Brigade also provides opportunities for women to volunteer, and this year, Hana Rohana was a team captain. She works at Hero Supermarket.
“This challenge lets women and men demonstrate our ability, skills and responsiveness in handling difficult incidents,” Runtuwene said. “I also want to show others that women can be part of a rescue team, and I want to encourage more women to volunteer with us.”
Other Safety Month Events
Safety Month at PTFI ended on March 30 in the Lowlands and March 31 in the Highlands. Other events and activities promoting safety were the following:
- Safety Campaign with FRM Ladies held in the Kuala Kencana area, MP38-MP34, Portsite and Cargo Dock and LIP / MP32.
- Seatbelt safety inspection
- Water Day Fun Walk
- Food Bazaar – Expo in Kuala Kencana Square
- Toilet Sanitation Competition in the Underground Mine operation area
- FRESH MS presentations and Implementation and CAPA
- Fatal Risk Management discussions
- Safety video competition and safety poster competition
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