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Chandigarh MC fire dept gears up for festival season

punjab Updated: Nov 06, 2015 12:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Municipal Corporation Office, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Learning lessons from the past major fire incidents, the fire and emergency services committee of the municipal corporation (MC) has decided to deploy fire brigades in seven markets for Diwali.

Joint commissioner Virender Chaudhary said, “Fire bridges will be deployed at Sectors 15, 22, 19, 26, 40, 45 and Hallomajra. Proper space has been earmarked for parking and traffic police will make sure that vehicles are parked properly.”

“From now onwards, all fire employees will wear proper uniform. If they do not adhere to it, strict action will be taken against them,” Chaudhary said.

In the meeting of MC joint commissioner with fire department held on Thursday, various agendas approved in the past meetings, were discussed.

In the House meeting held on October 29, it was approved to upgrade communication system and one of the companies will give its demonstration soon. Even a full-time technical departmental competent chief officer will also be appointed through promotion or via deputation.

In October 2013, a seven-member committee of the fire and emergency services had visited all seven fire stations of the city and made recommendations for the complete overhaul of the department. However, nothing has moved since then. The department does not have a permanent chief fire officer for the past over 10 years, and is short of 30 leading firemen, which has hampered the rescue work operations.

In July 2014, an insurance cover of `20 lakh was approved for MC firemen in case of death during rescue operations; `10 lakh in case of 75% disability; `7.5 lakh in case of 50-70% disability; and `5 lakh in case of 20-50% disability, but to no avail. Even after its approval in the House in July last year, the process of insurance cover to its 280 employees is yet to start. This year, the MC has approved `17 crore for the department. MC fire and emergency services committee chairman MP Kohli said, “It is a welcome step that for the first time, department has taken their jobs seriously. For the past one year, no inspection has been conducted and even no notice has been issued in any of the sectors of the city, which is necessary as per the National Building Code, 2005.”