Inadequate facilities and limited number of fire stations have put this bustling city at a great risk during summer with increasing number of high-rise buildings.
Gurgaon has around 800 building as high as 90 metres and several others up to the height of 180 metres are under construction. While the fire department has only two hydraulic platforms with 42-metre ladders using which the firefighters can control blaze up to the height of 75 metres.
Besides, the city has only three fire stations and one sub stations with a total of 23 fire tenders. Officials say a sub-station is coming up at Udyog Vihar Phase I next month, which will have three fire tenders and 28 firefighters, although, the firefighting teams take longer to respond an emergency.
“With the proposed sub-station, the number of firefighters will be increased to 135 where as the actual requirement of at least 200 men. As per the new fire policy, there should be around 8 men with each vehicle,” the chief fire officer of Gurgaon Hanuman Sihag said.
He, however, confessed that lack of manpower affects the response time of the firefighting team. “The standard time should be in between 3 to 5 minutes while our response time is 8 minutes.”
“The response time is very crucial to control the fire and it should be within five minute which will decrease the casualty and damage of property. In Delhi there are around 65 fire stations and their response time is very less. In Gurgaon the shortage of manpower and lake of infrastructure create more trouble for the department,” said a senior official of Delhi’s fire department.
Sihag also suggested that the city should have one fire station in every five kilometre area. “With the maximum height of a building in Gurgaon being 90 metres, the existing fire tenders are not high enough to deal with an accident,” he added.