KIMANIS, Sabah, 16 November 2021 – About 200 grassroots leaders and community members from Tuaran, Papar, Beaufort and Sipitang have participated in a two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training programme organised at their respective community halls.
The CERT programme is part of an ongoing collaboration between PETRONAS, the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) and the local communities to enhance the awareness and response capability of rural communities who live beyond immediate reach of emergency services.
The CERT programme, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by PETRONAS since 2019, seeks to empower the communities to be prepared for emergencies while also promoting the spirit of volunteerism among community members.
The programme educates participants about disaster preparedness for potential hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organisation, and disaster medical operations.
CERT offers a consistent and comprehensive approach to train the villagers so that professional responders can rely on them during disaster situations. This allows the responders to focus on more complex tasks.
Head of PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan, Siti Ayu Abdul Wahab said: “With the skills picked up during the CERT programme, we hope the community will be able to help themselves, their families and neighbours during emergencies. Each member in our community needs to play an active role during emergency situations, so that we can save lives and reduce loss and damages.
“Participants have been trained on first aid, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic fire awareness and electrical safety during floods. Through CERT, their capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters will be fostered and enhanced,” she at the programme’s closing ceremony at Toboon Minansar Ecotourism Community, in Ulu Kimanis, Papar, today.
In conjunction with the programme, PETRONAS contributed fire extinguishers, safety helmets, life jackets, floating rope and safety boats amounting to RM50,000 to the villagers.