Committees formed to probe drowning tragedy

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KUCHING: The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) and the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) have each formed a special committee to investigate the incident of firemen being killed while carrying out a search and rescue operation on a youth who had fallen into a mining pond in Puchong last month.

JBPM’s Fire and Rescue Operations Division director Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said the committee set up on Oct 8 would also study the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for members of the Water Rescue Team for improvement to avoid a repeat of the incident.

“The committee at the JBPM level would comprise of officers from the department while the committee at the ministerial level would comprise of representatives of the agency and independent bodies.

“According to the agreement, the committee had been given one month to prepare and complete its investigation before the report is tabled,” he told reporters today.

A total of 471 participants from 18 agencies had participated in the Ops Mex Kenyalang to carry out a simulation of six emergency scenarios including an air crash, road accident, building collapse, and a chemical spill.