Firefighting infrastructure has seen massive improvement in last 7 years

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has witnessed massive infrastructure development in the past seven years, to ensure a better firefighting mechanism in the state.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Since pre-Independence to 2011, as many as 100 fire stations had come up in the state. While in the past seven years, 41 fire stations have come up in Bengal and 20 are under construction. Moreover, the process of setting up another 41 is also going on.” She said that it is a remarkable development of infrastructure facilities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee on Tuesday flagged off 30 fire tenders of 5,000 litre capacity and 20 fire tenders of 8,000 litre capacity. The programme for the same was held outside Nabanna. She said as many as 674 fire fighting vehicles have been introduced in the past seven years and there are 136 motorcycle-mounted firefighting arrangements. “I feel there is a need to increase such arrangements to fight fire properly in congested areas,” the Chief Minister said, adding that some Panchayat areas are also getting congested and such mechanism is also needed in such places. These are also helpful in urban and semi-urban areas. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe further said that she had got the idea of introducing motorcycle-mounted firefighting arrangements during her visit to Germany. “Vehicles there ply at speeds of around 250 km per hour and I found that a road accident had taken place. Helicopters were pressed in to rescue the people. At the same time, I found that materials required for rescue operations were brought on motorbikes. After returning, I put forth the idea of introducing the motorcycle-mounted firefighting arrangement,” Banerjee said, adding that the Disaster Management department, the state Fire and Emergency Services department and police should take steps to introduce more motorcycle-mounted firefighting arrangements. She further added that pilot cars are now being engaged for piloting another vehicle and the use of motorbikes for the same purpose would be more economical. She further said that three hydraulic ladders were also introduced in the past seven years, to fight fires in high-rise buildings. Banerjee also directed the police to ensure coverage of maximum areas using CCTV cameras. She said: “It is not always possible to be present physically to maintain a vigil. So, installation of CCTV cameras will help to carry out better surveillance.” In the past seven years, fire stations have been constructed in different rural parts and infrastructure of the fire stations, which have been existing for the past several years, has also been improved.last_img

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