TAWAU: The Civil Defence Force (APM) is planning to open APM unit offices in Kalabakan and Pulau Sebatik to facilitate rescue operations in the affected areas, said Tawau APM officer Captain Hussain Mohd Noor.
He said the agency is currently in the midst of identifying sites in the two areas and the Kalabakan district office as well as the Sebatik state constituency office are aware of the matter.
“We see that both areas need APM offices as there were frequent incidents which required search and rescue (SAR) missions. In Kalabakan a site is available in the town area while in Pulau Sebatik, it is still in the application process,” he said when contacted here today.
Hussain said the setting up of the APM unit offices is in line with Kalabakan’s status as a full district and has the required population density.
“The duties of APM personnel include all MERS 999 tasks with the police, fire and rescue department as well as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in SAR operations especially in handling crocodile attacks in Kalabakan,” he added.
Besides, the establishment of the APM unit offices is also creating job opportunities among youths in Kalabakan, he added.