Delhi fire service getting a facelift

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 21:34

New Delhi: Delhi`s fire department is on a
major upgradation drive for better calamity response by
adopting high capacity foam fire fighting tenders along with a
modern fleet of vehicles equipped with latest technology.

The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said it will be introducing
two high capacity foam fire fighting tenders this year, to be
used in cases of chemical fires, where water proves an
ineffective suppressant.
The department will also add another 15 fire stations over
the next two years.

The department is also acquiring a high performance
potable spectrograph that will lend it the capacity for
"chemical analysing" in case of fires triggered by chemicals.

"This will help the fire fighters use the right method for
dousing the fire," said A K Sharma, Director Delhi Fire
Services.

Also being introduced are six Fast Response Vehicles with
water-mist technology, that help ensure maximum lancing
distances for safe firefighting.

The technolgy will be mounted on SUVs equipped with a
portable fire fighting system and other basic devices for
quick response and easy manoeuvrability in smaller lanes and
jammed Delhi roads, Sharma said.

He said the DFS has already introduced five Toyota
Innova, SUVs and equipped them with latest state of art fire
fighting equipment as well as GPS-enabled automatic vehicle
tracking system.
These Fast Response Vehicles have helped in improving the
response time of fire-fighters, find the shortest route and
facilitate reinforcement, Sharma said.

The DFS control system will also be modernised with latest
GPS-based tracking system to help in faster mobilisation
mechanism, as currently a lot of time is wasted finding the
location of fire.

A training van, equipped with audio visual equipment, is
also being developed for educating the masses, including
school children, members of RWAs and staff in office
complexes, about fire safety and how to survive in fire
situations.

By the end of the current financial year, two new state of
the art fire stations will be added in East Delhi, to add to
the 53 fire stations in the capital.

The DFS plans to add a total of 15 fire stations during
the next couple of years.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 21:34

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