Official notes challenges in fire prevention

2019-09-06 11:45:02

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Families visit their homes destroyed by a fire. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A Land Management Ministry official has noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed by the National Police’s Fire and Rescue Department, including dealing with fires in tall buildings.

Leang Monirith, secretary of state at the ministry, yesterday said Cambodia is going through a development boom and that the department should be ready to address fire safety in tall buildings.

“Fire safety is very important in all buildings, especially tall ones because fire damage could be more impactful to life and properties,” Mr Monortih said, noting that in January, investment in the construction sector had doubled when compared to the previous year.

According to a department report, 534 fires throughout the country killed 17 people and injured 52 others. Fires also damaged 545 homes.

It noted that in 2017, 514 fires killed 22 and injured 128.

Major General Neth Vantha, director of the Police Fire and Rescue Department, on Monday told firefighters in Kampong Speu province to pay close attention to preventing fires.

“We need to be professional, especially in honesty and loyalty for fire victims,” Maj Gen Vantha said. “We have to disseminate information and educate people on fire safety.”