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Sabah model for two Mosar teams in peninsula
Published on: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) will set up two Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) teams in the peninsula, said its Director-General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid.

He said the department had drafted the plan to establish the Mosar teams in Pahang and Kelantan, which would be implemented this year.

"At present, Mosar is only in Sabah and the team will be become a model for the new teams, with the one to be set up in Kuala Tahan for rescue efforts in Gunung Tahan, while the one in Kelantan will be in Gunung Stong," he told reporters after a working visit to the Sabah JBPM headquarters, here, Saturday.

Mosar, which is based in Ranau Fire Station, was established by the Sabah JBPM as a standby to face any eventuality such as disasters like the earthquake that occurred in the district on May 5, 2015.

A total of 40 Mosar personnel entrusted with tasks relating to rescue and emergency aspects on Mt Kinabalu was selected from among the experienced mountain guides to undertake rescue operations in the steep and hilly areas.

Mohammad Hamdan said the recruitment concept of Mosar personnel in the two places in the peninsula would be similar to the one in Sabah, which could also become a model for rescue teams outside the country.

"There will also be mountain guides who can be absorbed to become Mosar personnel in these areas and we will cooperate with the Wildlife and National Parks Department on this matter as these mountain guides are registered with it," he said.

This is Mohammad Hamdan's first working visit to the State following his appointment as the new DG of JBPM, effective June 11.

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