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Malaysia Airports Forms Partnership With Persatuan Bomba Sukarela Kudat For The Provision Of Airport Fire And Rescue Service (AFRS) At Kudat Airstrip

13 April 2013

Kudat, 13 April 2013 - Malaysia Airports has roped in the help of Persatuan Bomba Sukarela (PBS) Kudat for the provision of Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) purposes at Kudat Airstrip with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties today.

With the signing of MoU, Malaysia Airports will appoint 15 PBS Kudat personnel to perform and provide the AFRS at the Airstrip, which will be supervised and led by one Malaysia Airports' AFRS Officer. Malaysia Airports' AFRS has conducted a training program on aircraft rescue and fire fighting techniquesincluding aircraft familiarization, in order to qualify the PBS Kudat's personnel as AFRS personnel.

Malaysia Airports will also provide the necessary firefighting equipment and extinguishing agent for the performance of AFRS by the PBS Firemen at the Airstrip. All the selected PBS Kudat personnel will also be given incentive allowance by Malaysia Airports for performing the AFRS duties at the Airstrip.

Tuan Haji Zainol Mohd Isa, General Manager of Malaysia Airports Sdn. Bhd. signed the MoU on behalf of Malaysia Airports while PBS Kudat was represented by its Chairman, En.Herwan b. Awang. Tuan Abd Malik Mohd Yunus, General Manager AFRS of Malaysia Airports and YS PKPjB Nordin bin Pauzi, Director of Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia, Sabah witnessed the signing of the agreement.

Tuan Abd Malik said, "Malaysia Airports is confident that this smart partnership will be beneficial for both parties. For us, this move is both practical and cost efficient, as we engage PBS Kudat's help and provide them with the relevant equipment, rather than placing our fire fighting team. We are confident in PBS Kudat's capabilities in handling rescue and fire fighting tasks, which will be further enhanced with the presence of our qualified personnel aided by the rescue and fire fighting equipment provided. For PBS Kudat, their personnel will gain valuable experience and required skill in AFRS, a specialised expertise which can only be obtained through airport operations".

One of PBS Kudat responsibilities will also to ensure their firemen maintain their fitness level and constantly enhance their knowledge on AFRS, to enable them to perform strenuous rescue and fire fighting work at aircraft accidents, incidents or any other emergency situations at the Airstrip which might require their intervention or assistance.

PBS Kudat is entrusted to ensure that the fire vehicle which is used for the provision of the AFRS at the Airstrip is maintained accordingly to the AFRS requirement while Malaysia Airports will undertake all the maintenance cost of the quarterly scheduled preventivemaintenance of the fire vehicle.

To ensure that the PBS Kudat personnel performed their duties as required and committed to their responsibilities, Malaysia Airports will establish the necessary Standard Operating Procedure, Airport Emergency Plan and Aerodrome Manual relating to the performance of the AFRS by the PBS Firemen.

Tuan Abd Malik added, "Malaysia Airports believes the PBS Kudat Firemen will perform their duties and responsibilities in respect to AFRS with due diligence and in accordance with the procedures pertaining to AFRS at the Airstrip. Malaysia Airports will continue to work towards enhancement of services and facilities at all airports under its management."

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