Short-staffed Cidco fire dept gets 60 employees

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: The fire depart­ment of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion is all set to in­crease its ef­fi­ciency as it had em­ployed more staff.

The depart­ment has em­ployed youths on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“A to­tal of 60 per­son­nel, in­clud­ing five driv­ers and 55 per­son­nel, have been re­cruited for the four fire sta­tions. They have been de­ployed at the fire sta­tions af­ter their train­ing,” said a Cidco of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

There are plans to fur­ther aug­ment the staff strength of the depart­ment as it will boost the ca­pa­bil­ity of the depart­ment to face in­ci­dents of fire in the nodes.

With a num­ber of high-rises, shops, show­rooms, schools, col­leges, restau­rants and hos­pi­tals com­ing up in the nodes, the re­spon­si­bil­ity on the depart­ment has also in­creased.

The in­crease in trans­porta­tion, in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and ur­ban­i­sa­tion of the area has in­creased fire ac­ci­dents in the re­gion.

The Cidco fire depart­ment has to at­tend calls for help in case of fires in Thane and Raigad dis­tricts also.

De­spite the in­creas­ing work­load, there is a short­age of per­son­nel in the depart­ment.

There were just six per­ma­nent fire­men so far and the rest were em­ployed on con­tract-ba­sis for the past sev­eral years.

There were three sta­tion fire of­fi­cers, three as­sis­tant fire of­fi­cers, 43 fire­men, eight lead­ing fire­men, 16 driv­ers.

Cur­rently, the four fire sta­tions have just five fire ten­ders and there is only one out­dated ve­hi­cle to com­bat fire in high rises. There is a need for around 10 to 15 ve­hi­cles ac­cord­ing to fire depart­ment of­fi­cials. A pro­posal for the same is presently be­ing pre­pared.

Since the staff strength is less than the re­quire­ment ac­cord­ing to the pop­u­la­tion of the re­gion, Cidco had on Au­gust 28 pub­lished an ad­ver­tise­ment seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from can­di­dates to fill up va­cant po­si­tions.

“Ex­am­i­na­tions of the can­di­dates were con­ducted on Septem­ber 13. The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates have been ab­sorbed on a per­ma­nent ba­sis,” said the of­fi­cial.

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