In the wake of the Sunday fire tragedy which left two firemen dead, the UT administration has asked the MC to improve its fire fighting skills.
The tragedy exposed the loopholes of the fire department which is grappling with shortage of men, equipment and fire tenders.
During a meeting of senior officials, UT adviser KK Sharma directed MC to fill posts lying vacant from past several years, sources said. According to official figures, the fire department is short of at least 362 employees. It does not even have a permanent chief fire officer. The MC had sought nod for 500 posts, but the administration sanctioned only 262. Despite getting the nod, the recruitment process has started.
The corporation has also been asked to purchase new fire tenders. According to sources, the adviser stressed on the need for small fire tenders, which can be maneuvered easily.
At present, four vehicles of the department are lying defunct.
The adviser also emphasised on the need for imparting training to fire fighters and equipping them with latest equipment.