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Eight people have been killed by wildfires in the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria since Monday, and 18 are still missing.(AP)

19-month-old son of volunteer Australian firefighter receives posthumous medal

By Reuters | Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Nineteen-month-old Harvey Keaton stood quietly, sucking on a pacifier, as the fire service commissioner pinned a posthumous commendation for bravery and service to his neatly pressed, oversized Rural Fire Services (RFS) shirt.
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Vehicular traffic and encroachments block the way of a fire tender in Pune on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Vehicular traffic and encroachments block the way of a fire tender in Pune on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

No more high-rise buildings in Pune, till we are fire-ready, pleads fire brigade

By Parth Welankar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 05:12 PM IST
One of the basic requirements for any fire brigade to fight fire incidents in high-rise buildings, above 100 metres vertical length, is the number of snorkels it has. A snorkel is a platform or bucket attached onto a mechanically bending arm installed onto a fire truck. This helps the fire brigade officials reach the top where the fire has occurred. However, currently, the city fire department has only two snorkels with them, having capacity to deal with fire incidents up to a vertical limit of 100 metres. 
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