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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.

Penang CNY Open House 2008

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

On 16th February 2008, 50 youth and VAD members from the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Island Chapter provided first aid standby duty during the Penang State Government Chinese New Year Open House. This event encompasses a large area stretching from Cheah Kongsi in Armenian street to Kampung Kolam and from Khoo Kongsi until Masjid Kapitan Keling. An ambulance together with it’s crew was also on standby on that day.

To ensure the smooth running of the activity, 5 Chapter officers were also on duty on that day.

This duty presented a very complex coverage situation. With limited Red Crescent members, we had the challenge of strategically placing first aid teams around a very large event venue.

By evening, the venue was filled with people that it became difficult to walk around. The first aid teams stationed around the venue relied on walkie talkies to relay situational information to the ambulance crew and the officers. For some of the younger members, that day was a real experience in covering a first aid duty in a large venue and large crowd.

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