Jambi Fire Department (Dinas Pemadam Kebakaran)
On the 1st of September, which was the end of Ramadan, and one of the most celebrated days of the year for Muslims (Eid ul-Firtr), there was a massive fire in the City of Jambi that destroyed 169 homes. The cause of the fire is unknown. What led to the massive spread of fire was windy conditions, poor access for emergency vehicles, as well as many observers blocking lanes, preventing rescue equipment from gaining access. The lack of an enforced fire code was also a contributing factor. The location of the fire was just to the north of the Sangkawang Cemetry and south of the Batanghari River.
From information we gathered from the firemen at the fire station on the south side of the Batanghari River, there are around 130 people that work at that station. On an average there are 27 people who sleep there every night, always prepared to respond to emergencies. There are 3 groups of men who rotate sleeping at that fire station. The training required to serve as a fireman is conducted at the fire station, in addition to on-the-job training. Women are allowed to serve on the fire department as office personnel.
The Fire Station on the north side of the Batang Hari River has 7 personnel that work there. The emergency phone number for a fire is: 0741-41171-113.
The City of Jambi, with its population approaching 500,000, has 3 Fire Stations:
1. One is located at the airport, and the response vehicles are used specifically for aircraft. They cannot respond to fires in the city and leave the airport unprotected. Its location can be found with this link.
2. Another fire station is in the main part of the City of Jambi south of the Batanghari River. Its location can be found with this link.
3. The 3rd fire station is located on the north side of the Batanghari River. For an emergency on the south side of the river, it would take the vehicle from this fire station 30 minutes to arrive at the scene of an emergency. This fire station’s location can be found with this link.
The original Fire Department, pictured above on the left, is located directly across from the WTC mall. Its exact location can be seen by clicking this link.