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4WD ambulance to the rescue

Friday, February 28th, 2014

HIKERS or mountain bikers who injure themselves on rough terrain can now be rescued after the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC), Penang branch, was presented with a four-wheel drive (4WD) ambulance.

The ambulance was presented to the branch by the Lions Club of Bayan Baru (LCBB).

The club managed to raise RM216,765 through a karaoke competition and donations from club members and the public.

Organising committee chairman-cum-LCBB past president Khoo Choon Aun hoped that the 4WD ambulance would be able to reach more people and save more lives.

He said: At the same time, we also contributed RM10,000 to the construction of the MRC Centre in the southwest district here.

LCBB charter president Datuk Goh Eng Hoe said such an ambulance was needed because many accidents involving cyclists and hikers had been reported, and in many cases, a normal ambulance was unable to reach them.

MRC Penang chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the new ambulance would come in handy when members involved themselves in disaster and rescue activities on difficult terrains.

Time is always the essence whenever we respond to emergency calls as the faster the victims can be taken to hospitals for treatment, the better their chances of survival.

This kind gesture of the LCBB will encourage us to work harder to serve the people in their hour of need, she said in her opening speech recently.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present to witness the handing over ceremony, praised LCBBs initiative and called on other Lions Clubs as well as non-governmental organisations to follow suit.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.

Red Crescent to be on standby during holidays

Monday, January 27th, 2014

THE Malaysian Red Cresent (MRC) Penang Branch will be on standby round the clock for a week from tomorrow to provide emergency services.

Penang MRC chairman Datuk B. J. Yeang said the 24-hour service for the Chinese New Year period was launched in conjunction with Ops Selamat to help reduce the number of accident-related deaths during this festive season. “We have 11 ambulances on standby and our paramedics and members will provide quick response when an accident occurs,” she said during the launch of the service at Traders Hotel Penang yesterday. “They will be on the scene to help treat the injured before sending them to hospital,” she added.

She said the paramedics and volunteers who would be on duty were trained in first aid, pre-hospital trauma care and basic life support. Yeang said more than 150 MRC volunteers would be on duty during the seven-day period. She urged the public to call ‘999’ in case of any emergency, adding that the call would be directed to the nearest hospital which will then assign the case to the nearest available ambulance on standby.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah, who was present at the launching, thanked the MRC Penang volunteers for their selfless devotion to the public. He advised road users to be careful when driving and always be on the alert. “If you feel tired during your journey, please stop at the rest stops and always remember not to speed. “Also check your vehicles and ensure that they are in good condition before starting your journey,” SAC Mazlan said.

Vital service: SAC Mazlan (in blue) and Yeang flagging off the Malaysian Red Crescent ambulances after the press conference.

Vital service: SAC Mazlan (in blue) and Yeang flagging off the Malaysian Red Crescent ambulances after the press conference.

300 Red Crescent members on standby

Monday, August 13th, 2012

THREE hundred members and six ambulances from the Penang branch of the Malaysian Red Crescent will be placed on 24-hour standby during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Its chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the six vehicles and members would be on standby along state roads starting from Thursday until Aug 22. Those on standby are trained in first aid, pre-hospital care and basic life support.

“Our aim is to provide paramedic services to the injured as well as to minimise or prevent further injuries before they are transported to the hospital for treatment,” Yeang said at the launching of the festive rescue service in Simpang Ampat near Nibong Tebal yesterday.

South Seberang Prai Deputy OCPD DSP Shariffudin Abdullah officiated the event.

Yeang said the ambulances and members would be stationed at its branch offices in Jalan Grove, Air Itam, Jalan St Marks in Butterworth, Taman Alma in Bukit Mertajam and Permatang Tinggi in Bukit Mertajam.

Each ambulance is equipped with the HEARL (Hospital Emergency Ambulance Radio Link) System which enables the Red Crescent to communicate with ambulances, government hospitals, St John’s Ambulance Malaysia, Civil Defence and other emergency medical services.

DSP Shariffudin advised road users to be alert and observe the rules. He said: “Please also do not drink and drive.” He also reminded road users that a maximum compound would be slapped on traffic offenders during the festive period.

The public are advised to call 999 in case of any emergency.

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Red Crescent on standby Hari Raya

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

THREE ambulances and 260 members from the Malaysian Red Crescent Penang branch, will be placed on 24-hour standby statewide during the Hari Raya period.

Its deputy chairman Lim Kim Chuan said the vehicles and members will be on stand-by starting from today until Sept 13. “Our aim is to provide paramedic services to the injured so as to minimise and prevent further injuries before they are transported to the hospital for further treatment. The ambulances and members will be stationed at our branch offices in Jalan Grove on the island, Jalan St Marks in Butterworth and Permatang Tinggi in Bukit Mertajam,” he said.

Lim was speaking reporters after the launching the 24-hour ambulance service in Jalan Besar, Sungai Bakap near Nibong Tebal on Sunday.

Red Crescent Penang gets new ambulance

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Malaysian Red Crescent Penang Branch has a new ambulance — thanks to the Kuwait Finance House.

The ambulance was among three donated by Kuwait Finance to the society, with the other two going to the MRCS Sabah and Kuala Lumpur branches. A ceremony was held to mark the handover of the ambulance at the Penang MRC headquarters on Grove Road.

Branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said some of their ambulances were quite old.  “Having a new ambulance that is fully equipped with medical equipment will help us tremendously in carrying out our duties,” she said.  The branch now has 10 ambulances, including the new one.

The ceremony coincided with the launch of a two-day ‘Pre-hospital Care’ course for MRCS members.

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