KOTA KINABALU, Feb 3, 2016:

Mountain guides, who doubled as auxiliary firefighters, put their skills into good use when they helped rescue an injured climber yesterday.

According to a statement from the Fire and Rescue Department today, a distress call was received at 4.23pm after a British citizen, Imran Ahmad Syed, 43, suffered injury to his leg after reaching Km5.3 up Mount Kinabalu.

“Six firemen, including mountain guides who double as auxiliary firefighters, and two rangers were involved in the rescue mission.

“The two teams met up half way at Km3.2 and efforts were made to take the injured victim down to the gateway at Timpohon Gate. He was later rushed to hospital for treatment,” said a spokesperson.

In June last year, about 20 mountain guides became pioneers when they were recruited as auxiliary firefighters for the Mountain Search and Rescue Team.

Noted as the first of its kind in the country, the team was set up following the June 5 earthquake that claimed 18 lives, including four local mountain guides and primary schoolchildren from Singapore.

The team comprises mountain guides, whose years of experience in mountain climbing were further enhanced with additional skills to enable them to manage disasters, such as earthquakes, better.

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