Mumbai: They risk their lives to rescue
others during disasters and terror attacks, but Mumbai`s
firemen are a disappointed lot.
They rue the lack of proper safety gears and insurance
cover. A 42-year-old fireman, who was involved in the rescue
operation during the 26/11 terror attack, is lying in a
hospital after he developed breathless while evacuating people
affected by a gas leak at Mumbai Port Trust this morning.
"I have been involved in several major rescue
operations like 26/11 attack, Behrampada fire and others but
had never fallen ill. In my 15 years of career in the Fire
Department, this is first time I have been in hospital," the
fireman, who requested anonymity, PTI.
"We were in a fire ambulance to bring gas leak victims
to hospitals. When we reached the port, we felt a very strong
smell of the gas and started developing breathlessness and
were brought to the hospital for treatment," he said.
"The department needs adequate equipment, especially
breathing gears, during such incidents. Despite risking our
lives we do not have insurance cover," he bemoaned.
Another fire department staffer (27) said "since past
several years we have been demanding safety equipment for all
firemen. It is sad that all of them do not get them. Procuring
essential equipment and insurance cover are needs of the