The Ghaziabad fire department is likely to get a hydraulic platform by the end of May, officials said during the flagging off of a rally for the ongoing fire safety week on Saturday.
The issue of procuring a platform was pending for the last three-four years as it is required for firefighting and evacuation from highrise buildings, which are increasing every year.
As per an estimate, the city has nearly 300 highrise buildings, including residential highrises in Indirapuram, Vaishali, Kaushambi, Vasundhara, Crossings Republik, Raj Nagar Extension, among other areas.
“The hydraulic platform is in the construction stage; the first and second stage of inspections have already been done. It has been procured at a cost of nearly Rs 4.5 crore and will be ready by May-end. This will be the first platform to be inducted (in Ghaziabad) and will be of immense help in handling an emergency in a highrise,” said Akshay Ranjan Sharma, chief fire officer, Ghaziabad.
Officials said that the platform can extend to a height of 42 metres and up to 16 storeys.
The fire department also rolled out its performance records of the last three years, from 2014 to 2016, during which it saved 172 human lives in as many as more than 2,500 fire related calls.
In 2016, the department saved property worth Rs272 crore. Attending to 894 calls, the department also saved 54 human lives in the year, whereas 18 died.
The fire department officials said they are undertaking the massive task of firefighting despite being short of resources. According to records, the department still lacks the services of six second-officers, four leading firemen, and 32 firemen.
The district fire department is observing the fire safety week, during which it will carry out campaigns and sensitise the public about issues related to fire safety.