Friday, February 23, 2024

Fire dept to be available 24/7, holidays cancelled for staff

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In the wake of the series of fire accidents, the holidays of fire department personnel
have been cancelled across Telangana and they should be alert 24/7, said
Additional Director General of Fire Department Y Nagireddy.

The staff was advised to be ready at every minute as fire is more likely to occur
during summer. As part of the fire department’s weekly celebrations, a huge rally
was taken out with fire-fighting vehicles from Hitex Ground in Hyderabad to
Secunderabad on Monday.

ADG Nagireddy said that he has directed the staff to carry out public awareness
programmes from Monday to Friday. They said that they receive about 7,500 to
8,000 fire calls every year and asked them to be ready to go within minutes
whenever a call comes to save lives and property of people. Officials have been
directed to carry out regular inspections in big buildings, business complexes and
industries.

In view of the series of accidents, more than 15,000 liters of foam compound has
been purchased. The staff has been advised to go with vehicles for awareness
programmes from next Friday. They were instructed to explain to the public the
techniques of escaping from fire accidents, how to save others, how to put out
small fires and how to save victims with vehicles. People, owners of residential
complexes and managers of industries have been asked to be vigilant as it is
summer season. The ADG advised to check fire-fighting systems in buildings and
complexes from time to time.

All types of vehicles available at the fire department were used in a rally. ADG
Nagireddy said that the programme has been undertaken with the intention of
making people aware of the dangers of fire. Starting from Hitex Grounds the rally
continued till Chaderghat, Malakpet, Dilsukhnagar, LB Nagar, Nagole, Uppal
Circle, Habsiguda, Tarnaka, Mettuguda, Patny, Imperial Gardens and
Secunderabad Parade Grounds.

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