Panvel fire station gets more manpower
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.