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Fire dept remains a male bastion

mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2011 02:06 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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The civic body had created a history of sorts by offering 30% reservation for women in its 150-year-old fire department last year.

However, its move didn't find many takers among women job aspirants in the city. Of the total 157 posts, 47 were reserved for women but only 13 women candidates turned up and 11 were selected.

In the walk-in interview held at the Bhandup Complex premise during March 14 to April 5 for 47 vacancies (for women) - 35 were for firewoman and 12 for the post of assistant station officers (ASO) - only 13 aspirants turned up; remaining vacancies were filled by male candidates.

During the selection round, women had to cross a series of obstacles, run 800 metres, climb 50 steps, do push-ups and long jumps.

Of the 11, who were selected by the fire department, eight will work as firewoman and three as ASO.

About their work profile, a senior a senior fire officer said, "At initial stage, firewomen will do a job in control room or in the office at fire stations. Only after completing their six-month training, they will be allowed to go on call (fire call) for rescue operation."

When asked about low participation of women, a fire officer said, "This was for the first time that the city's fire brigade had reserved jobs for women. So may be not many women were aware of the recruitment drive."

The walk-in-interview was held for total 157 posts, including those for male candidate for the post of fireman and ASOs. "Poor response from women left us with only one option - fill remaining posts from male candidates," said an officer.

Chief fire officer Uday Tatkare said, "Next time, we will try to publicise it to get more response from women candidate." In 2010, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had announced a proposal to induct women into the fire brigade. Following the announcement, 30% reservations were made for women.