Kolkata: West Bengal government has introduced a motorcycle-mounted advanced fire fighting system. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday flagged off 100 motorcycle-mounted water mist CAF firefighting systems, five multipurpose foam tenders, 30 water browsers and 12 water tenders.
The programme took place outside Nabanna and all the newly introduced vehicles of the state Fire and Emergency Services department rolled out one after the other.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the minister of the state Fire and Emergency Services department, Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, the state’s security advisor Surajit Kar Purkayastha and commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar were also present in the programme. The fire tenders, foam tenders and motorcycle-mounted firefighting arrangement is worth Rs 25.98 crore in total.
The motorcycles fitted with the advanced firefighting system would help douse flames when there is any incident of fire in a narrow lane or in any congested area. It will also be effective in firefighting in hilly regions. Each of the motorcycles is fitted with two cylinders having 10 litres water carrying capacity each.
Each of the multi-purpose foam tenders has a capacity of carrying 6,000 litres of water and 4,000 litres of foam. It also contains dry chemical powder and carbon-dioxide for extinguishing fire that breaks out due to leakage of oil or chemical, or in case of fire in any major electrical installation.
It may be mentioned that in the past two years, the Fire and Emergency Services department has added 356 different types of vehicles that are worth Rs 71.66 crore, as a part of “modernising” the firefighting system in the state. The number of fire stations in the state has also gone up to 138, out of which 16 were constructed in the past two years and construction of 20 more fire stations are going on in full swing.