Fire service dept woefully ill-prepared in Karnata
Except for Bangalore and Hubli, other cities in the state did not have special equipment to manage fire-accidents in high-rise buildings.
Bangalore: Several months after the Mangalore
air crash and the fire mishap at Carlton Towers here, the
Department of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services does
not have separate standard operating procedures (SOPs) to deal
with different emergencies, a CAG report has revealed.
Except for Bangalore and Hubli, other cities in the state
did not have special equipment to manage fire-accidents in
high-rise buildings, according to the report for the year
ending March 31, 2011, tabled in the just-concluded
An Air India Express carrier from Dubai crashed at
Mangalore on May 22, 2010 killing 158 people, including the
crew members. In one of the major fire accidents in high-rise
buildings, nine people lost their lives and 57 others were
injured at Carlton Towers here on February 23, 2010.
"Even one year after the crash, the Department had
neither finalised a standing operating procedure for air crash
accidents nor conceived specialised training for search and
rescue operations in such situations", it said.
As the Department was identified during 2004 as the
`first responder` for all emergencies, it needed to function
as a multi-hazard response unit, but it was seen that it had
been following only a common SOP for all kinds of emergencies.
"As the nature of response required was different for
different emergencies, like fires in high-rise buildings,
floods, earthquakes, landslides, aircrash, etc, separate SOPs
were to be designed to ensure a quick and appropriate response
to the type of emergency", CAG said.
"This was, however, not done, handicapping the Department
in providing the appropriate response during emergencies".