With a spate of drowning incidents in the city beaches, the fire brigade has decided to deploy lifeguards and infrastructure to prevent such fatal mishaps.
"As there is shortage of lifeguards we have started the recruitment process. We would first deploy manpower and then concentrate on infrastructure," Chief Fire Officer Uday Tatkare said.
Presently, about 34 lifeguards are stationed at five beaches - Aksa, Gorai, Juhu, Madh and Marve in the metropolis, with a pair of lifeguards every two kilometres.
The fire brigade department will make use of 120 lifeguards from the flood rescue team to meet the acute shortage on the city beaches.
"We have 120 lifeguards in the flood rescue team for the monsoons. We have selected about 24 of them initially, who will man the beaches from June 1. Later, we will increase the number of lifeguards via recruitment, Tatkare said.
The fire department said it has started procuring essential equipments such as binoculars, life-saving kits, communication systems, lifeboats and rescue boats as part of it infrastructure requirements.
The department is also taking help of Koliwadas and NGOs in the recruitment process.
"We are planning to enroll Koliwadas as lifeguards provided they fulfill the criteria which includes trained swimming and other physical requirements," he said.