Saturday, December 05, 2009

Fighting fire with dead equipment

Most of the equipment with the fire department in the city has either never been tested or has already expired the limit for safe use, reveals an RTI application. Reading the newspaper reports on the Thane fire wherein some firemen died in the lift due to suffocation; and the gas leakage from a train tanker, urged me to find out how prepared and well-equipped the Pune Fire Brigade is. I moved an application seeking information from the Fire Brigade under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
I was little aware then that I was about to receive some shocking and disturbing
information. My initiative revealed that most of the equipments that the Pune Fire Brigade has are either not tested or have already expired the time limits for their safe use. Moreover, no information was available on when the equipment was tested the last time and what the plans are to procure new equipment to replace the outdated one.
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