Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fire Safety Week commences

Latest equipment introduced for better rescue operations: DG

To commemorate Fire Safety Week, several functions were organized by the Fire and Emergency Services Department at various places across the State.

In Jammu, the main function was organized at Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters at Gandhi Nagar where wreaths were laid by Dr G A Bhat, Director General, Fire and Emergency Services, J&K, R S Sodhi, Director, Fire and Emergency Services, R K Hak, Joint Director and other senior officers of the Department.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhat highlighted the ethos of April 14 and emphasized upon all the officers to make elaborate arrangements at provincial and district levels for conducting public awareness amongst the masses especially in industrial establishments and educational institutions.

While complementing the personnel of the Fire and Emergency Services Department, he advised the officers to exhibit their best talent to achieve continuous success in safeguarding the life and property of general masses.

Dr Bhat informed that the department has attended every fire and rescue calls efficiently thereby restricting the damages to 8 to 10 per cent. He emphasized upon the officers to constitute special teams for giving demonstrations during the week regarding fire safety measures at district level besides conducting essay competitions and debates on this year's slogan "smoke management saves lives" at range and district headquarters.

He said that Department has introduced latest hi-tech disaster management and rescue equipment like rescue rams, victim location cameras, combi-tools, hydraulic cutters, spreaders, water mist technology units, thermal imaging cameras, 30 units of hi-tech water tenders, 24 quick response vehicles besides 10 units of water mist technology motor cycles.

He further said that officers of the department are being trained in fire fighting and disaster management techniques in the leading training colleges of the country including National Fire Service College, Nagpur. The Parade was commanded by RK Raina, DFO Gandhi Nagar under the supervision of CK Peshin, AD Jammu Command.

In Kashmir valley, the main function was held at Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters Batamaloo, Srinagar where Joint Director, R T Dubey led the officers and officials in laying wreaths at martyrs memorial. Aamir Ali, OSD to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir was the guest of honour on the occasion.

In his address, Mr Dubey gave a resume of the activities of department and remembered those jawans, who sacrificed their lives while saving life and properties during fire incidents.

"The role of Fire and Emergency Services was earlier confined to fire fighting to safeguard life and property but now its duties have increased substantially", he said, adding "the department has to attend each and every sort of emergency/ disasters like floods, rescue from water, earthquakes, chemical disasters, gas leakages, road accidents, building collapses, avalanches, forest fires and drought besides manmade disasters like war, air raids and bomb blasts".

On the occasion, jawans of the Fire Services demonstrated a mock drill in which latest machinery and equipment were displayed.

Deputy Director, Fire and Emergency Services, Khurshid Ahmad Bazaz, Divisional Fire Officer, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Parade Commander, Mohammad Rafiq Khan and other officers were present on the occasion.

Report said that a commemoration parade was organized at Fire and Emergency Station, District Headquarters Udhampur where homage was paid to the firemen, who sacrificed their lives while fighting fire.

The wreaths were laid at martyrs memorial by R C Raina, Assistant Director, Fire and Emergency Services Command, Udhampur and S S Kotwal, Sub Officer Inchjarge Fire and Emergency Station, Udhampur and other personnel of the department.

A two minutes silence was also observed in the memory of the martyrs.

A fire tender fixed with posters and banners was also made to move through the roads of the town and general masses were made aware of fire prevention measures.

Similar commemoration parades and wreath laying ceremonies were also held at Fire and Emergency Stations at Katra, Reasi, Ramnagar and Chenani of district Udhampur besides district headquarters of Rajouri, Poonch, Kathua, Samba etc.

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