(From right) ACP Azmi, Yeang and Abdullah launching the 24-hour ambulance service in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive period at the Shell station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth.

(From right) ACP Azmi, Yeang and Abdullah launching the 24-hour ambulance service in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive period at the Shell station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth.

ABOUT 150 members of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Society in Penang will be on a 24-hour standby duty during the coming Hari Raya festive period.

Six ambulance vehicles from three MRC service centres will work in two shifts in case of emergency from July 3 to July 9.

The service centres are in Permatang Tinggi in Bukit Mertajam and Jalan St Mark in Butterworth on the mainland, and in Jalan Grove in George Town on the island.

MRC Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the service centres would be open from 7am to 7pm, while the volunteers would take over the duties from 7pm to 7am.

“All our members have been trained to perform emergency first aid, and capable of providing immediate life support to accident victims.

“As part of the Ops Selamat programme, we will engage communication with hospitals and ambulance service providers to receive alerts that require our assistance in areas nearest to our teams.

“In case of a road accident or emergency, the caller only needs to call 999 and theoperator will make the arrangements,” said Yeang in a ceremony before flagging off the ambulances at AMN Service Station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth, yesterday.

In his speech, North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Adam advised roadusers to obey traffic rules, be alert, drive safely and regularly perform safety inspection on their vehicles before making their journey.

Together with AMN Service Station owner Abdullah Mohamed Nor, Yeang and ACP Azmi later handed over Hari Raya goodie bags to motorists who stopped over at the Shell petrol station during the event.