17 August 2008

Task force to help Civil Defence do a better job


SEREMBAN: The Civil Defence Department will respond better in times of emergencies or disasters, thanks to the 99-member Civil Defence Special Force (Paspa) formed on Jan 12.

Deputy Home Minister Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh said the task force was staffed with highly-skilled and experienced officers to handle domestic and overseas rescue and search operations.

"Compared to 20 years ago, the Civil Defence Department has undergone changes and is more experienced in facing new challenges, especially disasters."

He was speaking at a parade involving 39 civil defence officers at the Civil Defence Training Centre in Jalan Labu here yesterday.

The 27 male and 12 female officers had just completed a six-month training course
Wan Ahmad Farid said with the rise of natural disasters worldwide, civil defence officers should be prepared at all times to deal with challenges.

"I believe the department has taken steps to ensure proper training is given to officers to achieve high standards among its officers."

Meanwhile, the department's director, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, said he was confident Paspa was well equipped to handle challenges and give their best services to society.

"Paspa was formed in line with the department's function to serve the country during times of peace and to protect the country and the people during times of war, or if disasters strike."

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