Two years after it planned to buy mini fire tenders for the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally floated tenders to purchase 17 mini fire tenders. The proposal will be presented before the standing committee of the civic body for a final approval on Tuesday.
Named as ‘quick response multi-purpose vehicles’, the fire tenders will be used to douse fire in slums, congested areas and narrow lanes in the city. The mini fire tenders will be in the size of a jeep and store 500 litres of water in comparison to 4,500 litres in a regular vehicle. Being smaller in size, the vehicles can also navigate easily on the city roads bringing down the response time in case of emergencies.
“It also used the water-mist technology that releases water under high pressure. Apart from this the vehicle will have rescue tools, cutting and lifting gear and a breathing apparatus. It also has an efficient system that reduces temperatures quicker,” said a senior fire official from the brigade.
Officials also said that the vehicles will be stationed in wards that have a huge number of slums like Vikhroli, Jogeshwari, Bandra, Sion and others to cut the response time.
The BMC will buy the vehicles at the cost of Rs42 crore. Once approved, the vehicles are expected within eight months from a Pune-based company, Aryan Pumps and Enviro Solutions Pvt Ltd, officials said.
The civic body had mooted the idea of buying mini fire tenders in early 2014. It was also one of the recommendations by the panel set-up to overhaul the fire department post the Kalbadevi fire tragedy, which killed four senior fire officials. The vehicles are also an interim solution as the fire brigade requires 26 more fire stations in the city but the project has been delayed owing to space-crunch in the city.