Life through the eyes of a firefighter
Thursday, 28th September 2017
A DELEGATION of students and lecturers from Politeknik Brunei recently visited the Seria Fire Station to observe the facilities and equipment used in fighting fires and keeping the Belait District safe.
Seria Fire Station Commander Muhammad Ali bin Hassan takes students on a tour of the station in action
Seria Fire Station Commander Muhammad Ali bin Hassan and Seria Paramedic Head Haji Md Sharin bin Haji Jumat welcomed the delegation on arrival, led by Rozita binti Haji Tamin, the coordinator for the fifth batch of students of Level 4 Diploma in Health Science (Paramedic) cum assistant programme leader for Nursing and Midwifery at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The visit aimed to educate the students on the services and duties of the Emergency, Medical and Ambulance Services (EMAS), which is a part of the Fire and Rescue Department in Seria.
It also enlightened them on the procedures and actions performed by Seria Fire Station personnel when the Control Centre receives a distress call.
The group observed real life simulations in dealing with emergencies involving members from EMAS Belait, the Fire and Rescue Department as well as the Royal Brunei Police Force as part of the first responders.
This included a simulated fire break out in a three stories building, with two victims trapped on the third floor. Two teams of rescue workers equipped with breathing apparatus (BA wearer) and a Turn Table Ladder (TTL) demonstrated how to access the top floor and provide immediate treatment to the victims.
A TTL is an extendable ladder affixed on top of a fire truck, able to reach 29.6 metres up or the height of an eight-storey building. The Seria Fire Station Commander later provided the delegation an overview and discussed the history of the station, which began operation on September 1, 1974. He also touched on the various aspects of being a member of the station, their roles and responsibilities, as well as the risks involved when answering the call of duty.
The students toured the station and the newly-constructed ‘Paramedic Seria,’ which became operational on August 2, 2017.
The visit concluded after the simulated operation with a group photo taken to commemorate the occasion.
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