The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) will for the first time display its strength and high-tech equipment to the public at a rally on April 19.
At the rally, which will begin at CST around 9am and end at Five Gardens in Dadar, 50 fire fighters will showcase MFB’s high-tech firefighting and rescue vehicles, including the hydraulic platform (ladder van), fire engines, breathing apparatus van and the newly purchased beach safety equipment, such as jet skis.
“We want to make the people of this city feel safer and confident by showing them our capacity and strength. This is first time that we are going to come onto the streets with our firefighting vehicles. We are prepared to protect you is our motto,” said Sunil Nesirkar, chief fire officer (CFO).
From April 14, commemorated as Fire Service Day, MFB will organise a week-long awareness programme on fire safety across the city.
'Historical ladder van to be displayed'
The historical ladder van that was used to firefight an explosion on ‘SS Fort Stikin’ ship at Victoria Port on April 14, 1944, will also be displayed at the rally.
Post-independence, the ladder van was not in operation as the MFB had procured taller ladders. The iconic ladder van can reach the 5th floor of a building
Sunil Nesirkar, chief fire officer, said, “The antique ladder van will be showcased on a trailer. It was used in 1944 for a fire rescue operation.”