The Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia appointed the Director General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid with effect from 11 June 2018.
The letter of commision on the appointment of Mohammad Hamdan Wahid was presented by the Chief Secretary of Malaysian Government Dr Ali bin Hamsa the most senior officer in the Malaysian Civil Service.
The Rank Marking Coronation Ceremony of the Director-General was conducted by the Honourable Minister of Housing & Local Government Malaysia Zuraida binti Kamaruddin who is the Minister responsible for the Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia on 11st June 2018. Also attending was the Secretary General of Housing and Local Government, Dato Sri Hj. Mohmmad Bin Mentek.
Director General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid replaces Dato Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim who retired earlier this year.
Hamdan Wahid has a distinguished record of over 30 years in the Fire & Rescue Department.
In addition to being responsible for training, developing standards for national and regional fire safety and modernization of fire station facilities, fire fighting and rescue facilities and equipment, he has also served in operational roles.
He commenced in 1988 as a Zone Fire Superintendent in Sarawak. In 1993, Hamdan was the Director of the Melaka State Fire for 3 years.
He also pioneered the establishment of the Malaysian Halon Bank and the creation of the Malaysian Air Fire and Rescue Unit.
In 2013 he was appointed Assistant Director-General Training Division, he was promoted to Assistant Director General of the Fire and Rescue Operations Division in March 2018 in charge of 14,700 operational personnel throughout the country.
He is the President of the Institution of Disaster and Emergency Management of Malaysia, Vice President of Institution of Fire Engineers, Malaysia Branch, Technical Member of the Fire Asia Standard Writing Committee and Chairman of the Malaysian Standard Technical Committee for Aerosol and Clean Agent Fire Extinguishers.
The new administrations focus led by Director General Hamdan Wahid will be:
- Enhancement of Fire & Rescue Emergency Services Core Business
- Strengthening the formulation and enforcement of Fire Safety Codes of Practices, Standards, Regulations and Laws.
- Humanise the Fire & Rescue Services by community empowerment.
- Upgrading and Reinforcement of internal administration and management system of Fire Departments.
- Modernising the Fire & Rescue’s resources and implementation system.
- Excelling and glorifying research and development facilities and findings in relation to the Fire Safety and Fire & Rescue Services.
- Intensifying smart and strategic partnership with Educational and Fire Institutions.
He also hopes to modernise the fire and rescue service, including the use of live streaming, robotic and automation in fire-fighting operations and an increased number of fire stations and personnel to deal with growth in Malaysia.
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