Mumbai: Calls to fire brigade drop to lowest in almost a decade

MUMBAI: While the town reported major blazes and construction crashes that claimed scores of lives in 2017-18, the total collection of misery calls to the hearth brigade used to be the bottom in nearly a decade. The fireplace brigade won 15,361 calls last 12 months, down from 15,704 in 2016-17 and 17,020 the 12 months prior to.

However, the collection of calls about house cave in has gone up by means of nearly 40% in the last two years— from 242 in 2015-16 to 334 last 12 months. In 2016-17, the town reported as many as 314 calls about house cave in. Last July, 17 other people lost their lives when four-story Siddhi Sai Apartments in Ghatkopar (w) crashed, while the very subsequent month, 33 other people were killed as 117-year-old Hussain construction crashed in Pakmodia side road.

Last monetary 12 months also saw major fires in the city, together with a major blaze at two eateries in Kamala Mills, which killed 14 other people. There were also major fires at Garib Nagar slum near Bandra railway station in which 300 shanties were charred, and a blaze at RK Studios in Chembur, which left the famous structure critically damaged. In truth, the first few weeks of January saw a fireplace virtually every different day. And in the early hours of January 4, 4 of a five-member circle of relatives died after a fireplace broke out in their flat in Maimoon Manzil construction in Marol. However, the total collection of calls about fireplace went down by means of 2% in comparison to 2016-17, and nearly 8% if one compares with 2015-16.

According to Mumbai fireplace brigade’s data, the collection of calls attended to by means of the hearth brigade went down in the last two years (2016-18) in comparison to the previous seven years. It used to be in 2008-09, that the hearth brigade won 15,167 calls, after which the numbers went on emerging.

However, activists are sceptical about the fireplace brigade’s statistics. Bandra primarily based activist and trustee of the NGO AGNI Shyama Kulkarni said, “We had been reading information about some blaze or another virtually on a daily basis, so it’s very tricky to believe that the collection of fireplace calls has reduced. The statistics doesn’t appear to be matching with the ground truth.”

Asked about this, leader fireplace officer PS Rahangdale attributed this drop in the overall collection of calls to an total systematic planning by means of the force. “We have ensured upgrade of our force in a way through which manpower skills has been additional sharpened. Technologically we are upgrading ourselves thru our command and regulate centre which is in the making. We are also getting ready ourselves for long term demanding situations like purchasing the best fireplace battling equipment, like fire-fighting robot or a vehicle to take care of chemical explosions. In truth, fires like that at Kamala Mills were like an eye opener for plenty of and awareness for taking the best fireplace protection measures have grown,” Rahangdale said, adding that being such a complicated city, there are still many demanding situations the town faces.

One of the key problems that stay the force on its ft is calls to rescue other people caught in danger. Last 12 months, the compelled won 5,324 such calls— or over 14 in line with day. And then there are also different misery calls, equivalent to about animals or birds caught in a tree or a construction edge: they don't seem to be minor as a result of fireplace department won 4,835 such calls last 12 months— 30% of the total calls it won last 12 months.
Mumbai: Calls to fire brigade drop to lowest in almost a decade Mumbai: Calls to fire brigade drop to lowest in almost a decade Reviewed by kailash soni on April 15, 2018 Rating: 5
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