KUALA TERENGGANU: Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has urged women to step forward and build a career in firefighting.
There were only 200 women firefighters, comprising 2% of the country’s 14,000 firefighting personnel.
With 3,000 vacancies open for application, Zuraida hopes women would apply so that the target of 30% of women firefighters could be achieved.
“I often mention the importance of women firefighters in assisting traumatised victims during natural disasters. We need a woman’s touch for such matters,’’ she told reporters after launching a Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department Level Fire Safety Campaign with housewives here, Bernama reported.
Zuraida said she understood the perception that a firefighting job is tough and might have deterred women from applying.
“Maybe, they (women) think a firefighter’s job only involves putting out fires, climbing… But there are certain tasks which requires women. So, this needs to be clarified and explained for us to recruit more women.
‘’But, I am not denying that women firefighters can also perform the tasks of their male counterparts, and what is important is that there is room for women to venture in this career,’’ she said, adding that women are recognised by the government based on merit.
She then gave the example of Perak Fire and Rescue Department’s deputy director Sayani Saidon, who is set to be the first female state Fire and Rescue Department director in Malaysia.