Pan­vel fire sta­tion gets more man­power

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra. sengupta@ hin­dus­tan­times. com The Pan­vel fire sta­tion which is still un­der con­struc­tion.

The Pan­vel fire sta­tion which has been strug­gling with less man­power and lim­ited ve­hi­cles will now be equipped with bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties.

The lack of fa­cil­i­ties at the fire sta­tion has been a cause of con­cern for a long time now and the re­cruit­ment of new staff and ad­di­tion of more ve­hi­cles has been pend­ing.

Re­cently, with the spate of fire in­ci­dents that have been re­peat­edly hap­pen­ing in var­i­ous parts of Navi Mum­bai, the sce­nario made it es­sen­tial for an im­prove­ment in fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal, 15 new staff will be added to the cur­rent strength of 12 fire of­fi­cials in the sta­tion now. Of the 15 new staffers, 12 will be fire­fight­ers while three will be driv­ers for op­er­at­ing the ve­hi­cles.

The new fire fight­ers will also be given ad­vanced train­ing to equip them to com­bat dif­fi­cult fire break­outs in high rises and com­mer­cial units. While two wa­ter ten­ders and one mini wa­ter ten­der will also be added to the ve­hi­cles’ fleet. Presently, the fire sta­tion has only two ten­ders of which, one is not prop­erly func­tional be­cause it is over 15 years old and used in a re­paired con­di­tion.

“We had given the pro­posal for ad­di­tional staff and ve­hi­cles for our fire sta­tion to the dis­trict and state au­thor­i­ties and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment which has got an ap­proval. The bud­get al­lo­ca­tion is await­ing an ap­proval now, af­ter which the old ve­hi­cles will be dis- carded,” said Mangesh Chi­tle, chief of­fi­cer, Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil.

Mean­while, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC) will soon be adding 439 staffers to the four fire sta­tions un­der NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion and also ad­di­tion of three more ve­hi­cles with two of them be­ing wa­ter browsers with in- built pumps.

The Pan­vel fire sta­tion is un­der con­struc­tion af­ter be­ing in a shabby con­di­tion for many years.

The con­struc­tion wo rk started last year. How­ever, it has been de­layed for ad­min­is­tra­tive rea­sons.

The fire sta­tion was first work­ing from the of­fice next to the fire sta­tion, how­ever, they have been now been moved to a tem­po­rary ar­range­ment since Septem­ber this year.

“The con­struc­tion is ex­pected to com­pleted within the next two months af­ter which we will be moved back to the new build­ing,” said Ma­hen­dra Gaik­wad, fire of­fi­cer, Pan­vel fire sta­tion.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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