JAKARTADAILY.ID – To commemorate International Firefighters' Day, PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (KPI) Refinery Unit VI Balongan conducted an initial socialization of fire prevention for the community in four villages of Ring 1 Pertamina Balongan Refinery, Indramayu Regency.
The two-day activity aimed to educate and provide practical experience for residents on how to extinguish fires.
On May 9, the first day of the socialization was conducted in Majakerta Village and Balongan Village. Meanwhile, on May 10, the second day of the event will be held in Sukareja and Sukaurip Villages.
PT KPI RU VI Balongan Area Manager Communication, Relations, and CSR, Mohamad Zulkifli, emphasized the importance of outreach and education to the people living around the Balongan Refinery. He hopes that every resident can understand and be equipped with the skills to handle emergency situations at home.
"The majority of participants in this training are mothers, with the hope that when carrying out cooking activities, they can practice safe steps to extinguish small fires before they become large," explained Zulkifli.
Apart from fire prevention education at home, Pertamina RU VI Balongan also routinely organizes socialization on the sound of warning sirens at the Balongan Refinery and safe gathering point locations to prevent any accidents.
"We schedule the alarm siren to be installed every 3 months every Friday," said Zulkifli.
The Kuwu of Majakerta Village, Rendra, expressed his appreciation for the activity and highlighted its usefulness in providing community members with skills to deal with kitchen-related problems that could result in house fires.
"We welcome this activity because it also strengthens friendly relations between Pertamina and refinery stakeholders," said Rendra.
During the socialization, the Officer II Emergency Facility-HSSE of PT KPI RU VI, Otong Komaruzaman, demonstrated how to extinguish a fire that appeared on a frying pan using a wet cloth and covering the pan.
Residents were also taught how to handle a fire in the house due to a gas leak, which can be overcome by removing the regulator on the gas cylinder.
Additionally, residents were given tips on how to prevent fires in their homes, such as removing the gas tube regulator when traveling for a long period, ensuring that electrical cables inside the house were in good condition to avoid the danger of short circuits, and being aware of the smell of gas as an indication of an LPG leak to immediately take fire prevention measures.