The woman behind one of Sarawak's most rural fire and rescue stations

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NSTnation: She went for a six-month training course at the Fire and Rescue Department Academy of Malaysia in Terengganu and even had to shave her head.

After graduating with a Diploma in Information Technology from the Management and Science University , she wanted to join the Royal Customs Department.“But, I only received an offer from the Fire and Rescue department. So, I just went ahead and gave it a try," recalled Sim, who joined in 2007.

“It was a priceless training experience that taught me discipline. Teamwork, the spirit of unity and cooperation are things that I still uphold today," she said."At first, I was reluctant to accept the offer to be a ‘Ketua Balai’ at a place where 90 per cent are interior areas without proper road access. Some of these areas cannot even be reached by road or water transport.

"Whenever there's an emergency, we are deployed to the scene as a team, work as a team and return to the station as a team. We leave no one behind," she stressed."I feel sad to see village folks and children becoming homeless after their homes are destroyed by fire or affected by flood or landslides.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said there are 64 women firefighters in the state.


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