Saving victims who’re making an attempt to take their very own lives could be difficult and tough at one of the best of occasions, which is why the Penang Hearth and Rescue Division has a specialised workforce to deal with such circumstances on the Penang Bridge and Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge.
In line with the state director of the Hearth and Rescue Division, Saadon Mokhtar, the workforce consists of a diving workforce and counselling consultants who’ve obtained coaching at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to deal with people who’ve misplaced their will to dwell.
This team was established after taking into consideration the frequency of suicide attempts on the bridges, as reported by Harian Metro.
“Most of them (firemen) are experienced personnel who’ve taken courses regarding counselling. In fact, there are scripts provided for the personnel to handle each of these cases.
“Those who want to commit suicide have their own personal reason, which is why the firemen must be smart to choose the approach when handling the situation. There were a few cases where the victims wouldn’t talk to the public, but when they were approached by the firemen, they opened up to the personnel,” Saadon said.
The director added that many parties perceive their job as easy when in reality it’s not. That’s because they have to use the appropriate methods to approach the victims and try to manipulate their emotions. Also, rescuing the victims is not as easy as grabbing them off the ledge. “Catching them is the last resort after we’ve failed to persuade the victims,” he said.
Last year (2018), there were 15 cases suicide attempts on the bridges, and 13 of the victims were men while the rest were women.
Firemen put their lives on the line in order to rescue others, and we salute them for that! Thank you, abang bomba.
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