The government is looking to recognise the service and dedication of firemen in the country by subsidising a portion of the cost of affordable homes for staff of the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba).
Earlier this week, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the government could allocate a quota of 10% for the ownership of affordable homes by Bomba service men and women.
Zuraida said the criteria for those eligible would be worked out by her ministry, and priority will be given to those with many children and single mothers.
“Since the ministry is providing affordable homes, I’ll certainly give priority to staff of the Fire and Rescue Department for the ownership quota ,” she told the media during a visit to the Jalan Tun Razak Fire and Rescue Station on Monday.
During her address, Zuraida also called on the Fire and Rescue Department to increase the number of its volunteer squad. This is to further improve the safety and security of housing communities throughout the nation as well as improve response time to disaster situations.
The current total of volunteer personnel is approximately 14,000 people.
Late last week, Zuraida visited the RM29-million Kedah Fire and Rescue Department headquarters at Jalan Suka Menanti, which will begin operations next month.