Diwali prep: Fire tenders at 10 ‘vulnerable’ spots in Gzb

  • | Sunday | 12th November, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The fire department has identified 10 areas vulnerable to fires on Diwali and allocated fire tenders at the respective police stations to enhance response time. These include Khoda, which has narrow lanes, and populated areas like Tila Mod, Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vijay Nagar, Crossings Republik, Loni, and ALT Centre and outlying residential areas like Modinagar and Muradnagar.The district had reported 31 incidents of fire last Diwali.Five more fire tenders will be pressed into service in the district, including one with a hydraulic platform at the Kotwali police station, which will serve the nearly 340 highrises in Crossings Republik, Indirapuram, Raj Nagar Extension and Siddharth Vihar. A fire bullet bike — equipped with high-pressure water mist technology — will also be deployed to reach the narrow lanes.The fire tender at the Kotwali police station has a reach of up to 42 metres compared to a normal fire tender reaching up to a height of only 20m. Using it, we can reach a 15-storey building in no time, said Rahul Pal, chief fire officer.Apart from fire tenders at the 10 vulnerable areas, a special fire bullet bike will be available. It can manoeuvre narrow lanes where fire tenders can not reach. A total of 15 fire tenders, including foam-enabled ones, will deal with chemical or electrical fires in the district, added Pal.In JJ clusters, the fire department has been undertaking an awareness drive, training people to deal with fire incidents. The awareness drive has been going on since November 9 and is continuing. We are also holding workshops in residential societies and distributing pamphlets on dos and donts, said Pal.The district has reported 162 fire incidents on Diwali since 2015. These days, we deal with fires due to electrical short circuits or chemicals with foam-based extinguishers rather than water, which could prove fatal, and advise residents to prepare accordingly, said Pal.The fire department has also carried out inspections at highrises and instructed the RWAs to revamp their fire safety equipment, added Pal.We also published the following articles recentlyJMC gears up to check fire-related incidents during DiwaliOfficials from Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) are preparing for Diwali by checking infrastructure and implementing fire control measures. Fire tenders will be placed at common locations and bike fire tenders will be deployed in smaller lanes. Extra water tanks will also be deployed. The department receives around 50-100 fire cases on Diwali, so inspections will be conducted to identify areas in need of fire brigades. Officials have also been instructed to check buildings for firefighting measures and only issued licenses to shops with proper measures.After fatal fire, lens on chemicals at factoryThe Raigad collector has requested a list of chemicals stored at a pharmaceutical plant in Mahad, where eight workers died in explosions and a fire. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) found several chemicals, including toluene, at the site. The NDRF, along with fire brigade and chemical experts, are working to determine which chemicals were used in the production of phenyl sulfate. The rescue operation was temporarily halted due to the presence of swollen chemical barrels emitting fumes. DNA samples have been collected from the victims and their relatives for identification purposes.Delhi: Fire department starts sprinkling water at 13 pollution hotspotsThe Delhi Fire Services has started a water-sprinkling operation at 13 pollution hotspots in the city to tackle the rising air pollution crisis. These hotspots were selected based on the levels of PM10 and PM2.5 pollutants in those areas. The operation, which began on Sunday, aims to settle down dust. The 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded at 423, falling under the severe category. In response, the government has implemented emergency measures under the Graded Response Action Plan, including restrictions on polluting vehicles and construction activities.

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