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Ghaziabad fire dept gets its first hydraulic platform

The officials said the equipment, mounted on a vehicle, will be able to reach atop a 15-storey building and will aid in rescuing those trapped on top floors during an emergency.

noida Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:23 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Residents said the equipment has arrived a little too late. The platform came after a gap of nearly 3-4 years due to constraints in the procurement process,they said.(HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad city has got a hydraulic platform to help the fire department fight fires in residential and commercial high-rise buildings. The first 42-metre hydraulic platform arrived in the city on Saturday.

The officials said the equipment, mounted on a vehicle, will be able to reach atop a 15-storey building and will aid in rescuing those trapped on top floors during an emergency.

“The cost of the hydraulic platform is nearly Rs 3.75 crore. With this, we will be able to reach the top of a 15-storey in case of a fire. This is a major boost to our firefighting capabilities and we no longer have to take such equipment from cities like Noida,” said Akshay Ranjan Sharma, chief fire officer, Ghaziabad.

However, residents said the equipment has arrived a little too late. The platform came after a gap of nearly 3-4 years due to constraints in the procurement process,they said.

“It is a classic case of too late too little. The requirement of the city has grown as towering high-rise buildings have started coming up but the new equipment has limited capabilities. In fact, all residential high-rise towers in Kaushambi spent nearly Rs 5-6 lakh each to have their own firefighting system in place as the fire department lacks equipment capabilities,” said VK Mittal, president of Kaushambi Apartment Residents’ Welfare Association.

According to official estimates, the city has nearly 300 residential and commercial high-rises. Housing expansion is also taking place near NH-24 and the erstwhile NH-58.

“The hydraulic platform will reduce the dependency of the fire department on getting equipment from cities such as Noida. Such equipment also has facilities for further extensions. The extension facilities should also be installed because many high-rise buildings nowadays are nearing 30 storeys. For future purposes, the department get more advanced equipment to cater to a large population,” said Colonel (retired) TP Tyagi , RWA federation, Ghaziabad.

Apart from modern firefighting equipment, the department also lacks the services of six second officers, four leading firemen and 32 firemen. Despite constraints, the firemen have still proved their worth and have played a crucial role in saving lives and property during major fires in the district in the recent past.

In 2016 alone, the department saved property worth Rs 272 crore while attending to 894 calls in which 18 human lives were lost and 54 saved.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 23:23 IST