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NDMC, Brunei inks pact with ITPSS

The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) signed a contract with the Information Technology Protective Security Services (ITPSS) Sdn Bhd during a ceremony at the Members Grill of the Empire Hotel and Country Club, Jerudong.

The pact was for a project to supply, deliver, install, test, commission and maintain the C4i System for NDMC.

Director of Fire and Rescue Department Awang Yahya Haji Abdul Rahman, in his capacity as NDMC Director, said that the objective of the project is to form a more capable system in planning, managing and coordinating actions, including the use of phase sources before, during and after a disaster.

It is hoped that the system will improve the capacity of NDMC, as well as other government agencies, in tackling disasters, be it in the form of mitigation, preparedness, response or recovery.

He also said the planning of the project implementation was a follow-up to a visit by Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan and other senior government officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs and NDMC to the Singapore Civil Defence Force in April 2007, which was followed by working papers for the project forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs last September.

The project costs around $4.5 million for the period of three years, and it has begun on May 9, he said, adding that the modules are a design based on international best practices for the management of disasters.

Among the practices, he said, include the Crucial Incident Management System (CIMS), Asset and Resources System Management (PRISM), Geographical Information System (GIS), Interactive TEXT Response System (ITR), and NDMC Administrative.

The system will become the main component for the Disaster Command Centre, a part of the renovation work of the NDMC building that was completed last May.

Additionally, the system will integrate information systems among government agencies, such as the Fire and Rescue Management System (FRMS) at the Fire and Rescue Department.