Crown Prince at Fire & Rescue Golden Jubilee Celebration
By James Kon

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, witnessed an array of thrilling performances by Fire & Rescue personnel during the Fire & Rescue Department's Golden Jubilee Celebration yesterday morning.

Fifty Fire & Rescue personnel who had completed a 50-kilometre march in the wee hours of Wednesday pulled a six-tonne fire engine during the celebration at the Fire & Rescue Headquarters' parade field.

HRH also witnessed two demonstrations, which involved freeing a victim from a mangled vehicle and saving lives from a burning building.

Fire & Rescue Cadets, comprising students from Berakas, Sayyidina Hussein and Awang Semaun secondary schools, showed what they were made of by demonstrating their fire-fighting skills. The cadets were led by Cikgu Muhammad Azhar bin Hj Md Salleh, the temporarily supervising teacher.

"Volunteering firefighters" from Kg Setia 'B' also took part in the day-long event.

The number 50 was prominently displayed by Fire & Rescue personnel during the grand finale of the Golden Jubilee celebration yesterday.

Earlier, HRH inspected a Royal Guard of Honour and toured an exhibition highlighting the accomplishments of the Fire & Rescue Department, as well as modern equipment used for fire-fighting and rescue operations.

The exhibition will be open to the public today.

The Fire Services Department, which was established in 1960, was renamed to Fire & Rescue Department on March 9, 2006 by the Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Mohd Yusof. - Borneo Bulletin (10th March 2010)