ACTNews, JAKARTA – The earthquake that rocked the city of Padang, West Sumatra, on September 30, 2009, was the beginning of the humanitarian journey of Firman (41). He is an ambulance driver for Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).
"At that time, there was an earthquake in Padang. I was immediately assigned to go there. We help the victims by setting up emergency tents, kitchens, medical posts, providing staple food assistance, and psychosocial assistance," said Firman to ACTNews, Friday (11/5/ 2021).
Now, Firman's humanitarian journey with ACT has been going on for 12 years, in which he has experienced trials and obstacles amid an unpredictable field.
“Before joining ACT, I worked as a private driver and driver of a fuel delivery truck. "When I moved to ACT in 2009, this institution was different from the others. It summoned my human spirit,” he said.
Firman admitted that when he joined ACT, moments of humanitarian action were his life's inspiration. When he met survivors, Firman seemed to get additional energy and never felt tired to help others.
“Alhamdulillah, when I am on duty, I do not feel tired even from morning to night. Instead, it becomes a spirit to continue to help others. If we are at the disaster site, it is as if we have additional energy, given the strength from Allah," he said.
Currently, this father of three children hopes to always be given health. Hence, he can reconcile the fate and problems of the people. For him, ACT is a way for him to work and contribute sincerely by hoping for the pleasure of Allah SWT.