‘High-rises pose chal­lenges for fire-fight­ers’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Chang­ing life­styles and mod­erni­sa­tion pose new chal­lenges for fire-fight­ers. Ex­perts dis­cussed th­ese prob­lems at the 4th fire and dis­as­ter man­age­ment con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the UP branch of the In­sti­tu­tion of Fire En­gi­neers and the In­sti­tu­tion of En­gi­neers (In­dia) on Fri­day.

Di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (fire) Praveen Singh, who was the chief guest, said, “High-rise build­ings are the most chal­leng­ing. The high­est hy­draulic plat­forms we have are 42 me­tres, max. But the new con­cept of sky-scrap­ers is mak­ing it very dif­fi­cult for us to com­bat fires,” said Praveen.

Build­ing de­sign, he said, posed another ma­jor hur­dle. “De­spite strict laws, the build­ings do not have ad­e­quate ex­ter­nal support for fire ex­tin­guish­ers. There are many build­ings where own­ers are least in­ter­ested in in­stalling wa­ter hy­drants,” he said.

Be­sides, said Praveen, cen­trally air-con­di­tioned build­ings and flats that are with­out win­dows and other air out­lets are another ma­jor threat to the lives of peo­ple in case of any fire in­ci­dent.

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