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Map water sources in Mumbai for firefighting, says civic chief

The civic chief has also instructed officials to come up with a standard operating procedure (SOPs) on firefighting at the spot depending on the seriousness of the fire

mumbai Updated: Dec 04, 2016 01:10 IST
Chetna Yerunkar
Delayed supply of water during firefighting has been one of the major concerns of the fire brigade and the mapping of functional water hydrants will give the department a major boost.
Delayed supply of water during firefighting has been one of the major concerns of the fire brigade and the mapping of functional water hydrants will give the department a major boost.(HT File Photo)

The fire department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now map the various water sources in the city for firefighting following the major fire that gutted the JK Somani building in south Mumbai on Thursday, sources said. Delayed supply of water during firefighting has been one of the major concerns of the fire brigade and the mapping of functional water hydrants will give the department a major boost.

In the monthly review meeting of the civic chief with all the ward officers and head of departments, the instruction of mapping the water hydrants and other available water sources in the city for firefighting were given to fire officials. Recently, one of the nominated corporators, Avkash Jadhav, along with the hydraulic engineering department of the BMC pointed out that about 66 British-era water tanks were lying unused and were ill-maintained in the city.

Apart from instructing the mapping of water sources, the civic chief has also instructed officials to come up with a standard operating procedure (SOPs) on firefighting at the spot depending on the seriousness of the fire. The fire brigade has a SOP for reaching the spot within minutes of a disaster call. For instance, the number of fire tenders to be sent out for which level of fire call has been laid down in the guidelines, but the strategy of fire fighting has not been formulated. In Thursday’s incident there was no clarity on whether the fire personnel should enter the building or fight the fire from outside, sources said.

The civic chief, however, has suggested that fire officials should formulate firefighting strategies for certain types of construction by considering past cases that can ultimately prove to be helpful in protecting the lives of firemen.

A senior civic officer present in the meeting, on condition of anonymity, said, “While there were no casualties, the fire was doused only after 10 hours. In such cases, there should be set rules to fight fire so that firemen are saved from getting hurt. The civic chief has asked fire officials to think and come up with guidelines.”