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Gurgaon to get fire-fighting bikes

india Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:16 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja
Sanjeev K. Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to provide its fire fighting squads with Royal Enfield motorcycles equipped with micro fire fighting guns.

This will help the squad navigate congested roads to reach the fire site. The MCG also plans to procure 101-metre high snorkels (turn-table ladders) to combat fire incidents in high-rises.

The motorcycles will be equipped with two water- and nitrogen gas-filled cylinders and may cost the MCG Rs 11-12 lakh each, an MCG official said. The motorcycle-borne fire fighting squad will be also be able to help in case a fire breaks out in a vehicle caught in a traffic jam.

“We plan to procure three such motorcycles initially and depute each one at the three fire stations in Sector 29, 37 and Bhim Nagar,” said H.S. Sihag, the district fire officer.

A committee constituted by MCG commissioner Rajesh Khullar visited the Delhi Fire Service that already has nearly two dozen such motorcycles and saw their trial runs in Connaught Place,” said Sihag.

Sihag said each cylinder would contain nine litres of water and nitrogen gas. The rider will be a trained firefighting expert from the Haryana Fire Service.

Sihag said, “Though the motorcycle is manufactured in India, the fire fighting equipment has been imported from countries like Germany and this had added to the cost.”

Sihag said more such motorcycle-borne firefighting equipment units will be arranged in case it is needed.

The snorkels that the MCG wants to procure will cost approximately Rs 20 crore. The civic agency has already moved the proposal for the same to get the snorkels.

The MCG already has two 42-metre high snorkels that can spray water up till the height of 77 metres.