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Fire forces on round-the-clock standby during Pchum Ben holiday

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The Phnom Penh municipal police's Fire Prevention, Extinguishing and Rescue officials. SUPPLIED

Fire forces on round-the-clock standby during Pchum Ben holiday

The Phnom Penh municipal police's Fire Prevention, Extinguishing and Rescue bureau has deployed forces on round-the-clock standby across the capital to watch out for incidents during the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday.

Bureau chief Prum Yorn told officers on October 4 that many residents would head to their hometowns during the holiday, leaving their homes unattended. To prevent unforeseen incidents such as fires, he said rescue teams have to be ready to intervene in a timely manner.

“During Pchum Ben, our officers are ready to stand by at [target] areas in Phnom Penh. We've divided the forces and deployed them at different locations. They have to be on standby 24 hours per day to watch out for fires,” he said.

Yorn also called on the public to report any fire incidents to authorities through the 666 hotline for a timely intervention.

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