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Fire fighting system in civil hospital to be revamped

Learning a lesson from the incident of fire which broke out at the local civil hospital last year, the health department has decided to revamp mandatory fire hydrant system to tackle such eventualities in future.

punjab Updated: May 28, 2014 23:10 IST
Jatinder Kohli

Learning a lesson from the incident of fire which broke out at the local civil hospital last year, the health department has decided to revamp mandatory fire hydrant system to tackle such eventualities in future.

The process of revamping the fire fighting structure has already been initiated. It has been decided to attach the trauma ward and orthopedics ward, the two important buildings of the hospital, with fire hydrant mechanism. Earlier, both these buildings had only fire extinguishers as a safety mechanism.

Under the revamping process, drawings have been prepared and sent to the fire safety department for its approval. A team of fire brigade department will visit the building of the civil hospital and suggest alterations into the drawings if they will feel the need to do so.

The fire sprinklers, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and fire detectors and fire alarm system will be restored which were lying dysfunctional for the past few years.

Though the civil hospital has a huge water reservoir, it was also not proving beneficial for it.

On April 29 last year, a fire broke out in the civil hospital after which two fire tenders were pressed into service, which could douse the fire in about half-an-hour.

An electric short circuit had led to fire which spread from the ground floor to the third floor of the hospital building. Though no major damage was reported, medical services were badly hit at the hospital.

Thereafter, a team from the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC), headed by health services director Karanjit Singh, had conducted an inquiry into the incident and ordered revamping of fire hydrant system which was lying dysfunctional for the past several years.

The mandatory system was out-of-order and the hospital administration has not been getting funds for its repair and maintenance.

During the past few years, the fire department had also written to the civil hospital to repair its fire hydrant system as it was totally non-functional but no steps were taken.

The fire department had also cancelled the no-objection certificate (NOC) given to the hospital recently.

A senior health official said that this mandatory equipment would have been repaired two years ago if the government had sent the funds when they had sent a detailed project report to the government and demanded `20 lakh for the purpose.

Civil hospital executive engineer GS Sandhu said, "We have sent a report to the fire brigade department for approval and after the approval, tenders will be floated and work will be started thereafter".

Assistant divisional forest officer Kashmira Singh said, "We will conduct an inspection of the fire hydrant system in the civil hospital on Thursday".