Brunei — Bandar Seri Begawan – The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) 50th anniversary exhibition and funfair concluded last Sunday.
The exhibition and funfair was held at the Brunei Fire and Rescue Headquarters’ multi purpose hall and parade ground. The exhibition showcased the development and history of the department since its formation in 1960. Also showcased were the operational commands under Fire and Rescue Department from the Operational A until G command, Special Squad, Training Centre, Fire Investigation and Prevention Unit, Public Relations Unit and Archive Unit.
The exhibition also showed the procedures and equipment used by FRD during flash floods in Tutong District and peat swamp fire fighting operation in Belait District. Telbru and b mobile also participated in the exhibition and offered their services and sold commemorative prepaid cards and telephone cards.
At the parade ground, various activities were held for visitors such as turntable ladder ride, fire vehicle riding, life air pack jumping, rescue chute jumping, flying fox, netball shooting and colouring contest.
Also exhibited was the water projector used during the FRD 50th anniversary celebration and parade held on March 9. At the department’s track and field, fire jacket donning and hose drill competition were held. Also held at the field were charity food and beverage bazaar.
Muhd Nurfairuz Nazri bin Salleh, a visitor, said, “I find that all the activities are challenging especially the life air pack jump and smoke house which test our bravery. However, with these, the department shows the public their jobs and responsibilities to the community and at the same time showcase the equipment they use.
A 13-year-old visitor, Akid bin Sharin, said at first, I felt scared when entering the smoke house as it was dark and moist. But the personnel are there to guide us on wearing the breathing apparatus and entering the smoke house. It gives an impression on how they work with the cumbersome breathing apparatus”.