Staff crunch cripple Phagwara fire dept

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Phagwara
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 23:44 IST

With only six persons working at the station currently, the Phagwara fire department has been grappling with acute staff crunch and equipment shortage of late.

The fire brigade branch is functioning with only two fire tenders which are lying in a dilapidated condition as they were brought in the 1980s.

Only one fire station officer, one sub-officer, three drivers and two firefighters are working in the department against the sanctioned strength of 35.

Moreover, the fire branch does not have even a single lead fireman.

There should be at least four sub-officers, six lead firemen, five drivers and 20 firefighters.
The wing even does not have the latest equipment which helps extinguish fire more effectively as compared to the old fire tenders.

Tarlochan Singh, fire station officer, said they require at least four more fire tenders and two jeeps for VIP functions, turntable ladder fire tender for high-rise buildings and two tanks for water storage for emergency needs.

“Even the authorities have not provided me with an official car as a result of which it takes time for me to arrive during an emergency or a field round,” he said.

“We are working with manual technology of making foam to extinguish fire and it takes more time as compared to new technology,” he said.

He said they only have one submersible pump which takes five minutes for filling the fire tender while it gets empty within four minutes.

“We need at least two submersible pumps in case the tender needs to be filled again. Then it would take less time which helps control fire in a shorter time,” he added.

An average 20 fire incidents are reported in the areas falling under Phagwara fire station jurisdiction. These are including Phagwara, Goraya, Phillaur, Jandiala, Nurmahal and nearby villages.

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