Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department

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Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia)
Logo of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.svg
"Sedia Menyelamat" "Ready To Save" and "Cepat Dan Mesra" "Fast And Friendly"
Agency overview
Established 1883
Employees 13,446 personnel (Feb 2013)
Commissioner Dato' Wira Wan Mohd Nor Bin Haji Ibrahim

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Malay: Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia), popularly known as Bomba, is the fire and rescue services agency in Malaysia. The Malay term 'Bomba' is derived from the Portuguese word bombeiros which carries the same meaning.[clarification needed]


The fire and rescue services in Malaysia started in 1883 with the establishment of the Selangor state fire and rescue volunteers squad headed by H.F.Bellamy with 15 crews. In 1946 after the World War II, the Malayan Union Fire Services (MUS) was formed with Flight Lt. W.J Gerumandi being appointed as the Director of Malayan Union Fire Services. MUS was based in Kuala Lumpur.

Through the Federation of Malaya's agreement, the fire and rescue service was handed over to the state governments. The service was then integrated as a federal-level department on 1 January 1976, reporting to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. On 15 May 1981, the department was renamed as the Malaysian Fire Services Department. Then, on 8 January 1997, the Cabinet has agreed to change the logo or insignia, flag and name of the Malaysian Fire Services Department to be known as the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, which are officially announced and launched in a ceremony held in Genting Highlands Fire and Rescue Station, Pahang on 21 February 1997, by The Honourable Malaysian Prime Minister of that time, Dr.Mahathir Mohamad-the fourth Malaysian Prime Minister.

Current Inventory[edit]

Mil Mi-17 of Bomba


  • Honda ST 1000 Pan European, VFR 800 rapid intervention motorcycles
  • Honda 6x6 All-Terrain Buggy for Rescue Missions and Forest Firefighting
  • Isuzu Morita Super Gyro Turn Table Ladder, 4-WD Rescue Vehicle
  • Scania Medium Fire Rescue Tender, Magirus TL30 Turn Table Ladder, HAZMAT Tender, Exhibition and Information Vehicle, P31D Multilift Pod Carriers(Mobile/Modular Command Post, Rescue Equipments)
  • Mercedes Benz Atego Light Fire Rescue Tender, Actros 1831/Amdac-Magirus Turntable Ladder, Actros 3335/Amdac-Magirus Turntable Ladder
  • Mercedes Benz Actros Pumper/Heavy Tanker/Water Tender
  • Sinotruk HOWO Pumper/Heavy Tanker/Water Tender
  • Volvo N1227 Numela 30m Skylift HP (bought in the early 80's, SLEP Programme Upgrades(on 2003)) Gradually to be phased-out.
  • GMC C3500 Rapid Intervention Fire Rescue Tender
  • Ford F350XL Rapid Intervention Fire Rescue Tender, Ford Ranger Everest 4WD Command Vehicle
  • Mitsubishi Pajero (Gradually being replaced with Toyota Hilux) 4-WD Fire Commander Vehicle (4-Wheel Drive)
  • DRB-Hicom Handalan Mk 2 - 4WD General purpose 3 tonne truck with rear lift
  • Perodua Rusa Utility Van- gradually being phased out. Replaced with Nissan Urvan Utility Van/MPV.
  • Korean KIA Pregio Fire Investigation/Forensics Vehicle
  • Scania c/w Trailer 20,000Ltr Water Tanker
  • Toyota Hiace Emergency Medical and Rescue Services EMRS Ambulance
  • Isuzu DMAX 4WD Utility Vehicle

Sea units[edit]

  • Fire hovercraft
  • Kevlar Composite Boat-Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat RHIB
  • Aluminium Boat Light Rescue Boat
  • Jet Ski c/w Rescue Board

Air units[edit]


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