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.