Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off 50 fire tenders from Nabanna, which will serve under different fire stations across the State. The State Fire Services & Emergency Services Minister was present on the occasion along with other Government officials.
Of the 50 fire tenders, 20 are of 5000-litre capacity, which are equipped with low-pressure pumps, and cutting and lifting equipment. The rest 30 are of 2500-litre capacity, which can move into narrow lanes and hilly areas with ease. All of these are also equipped with modern water mist technology. The State now has more than 650 operational fire tenders.
The Government has prioritised the modernisation of fire and emergency services, setting up modern control rooms in the State headquarters as well as in the divisional headquarters equipped with a modern communication system, and facilities for recording and analysing calls and dispatching fire tenders to the affected places, GPS system in fire tenders for finding out their locations, etc. Fire stations have been provided with mobile sets and walki-talkies.
The new equipment and machinery that has been added to the fleet include high- and low-pressure water tenders, mid-sized water tenders, emergency tenders, operational vehicles, motorcycles, two hydraulic platforms (one 54 metre and the other 42 metres high) for fire-fighting and rescue in high-rise buildings, hydraulic rescue tools, circular saw, chainsaw and diamond saw (three types of cutting and breaking tools), compressor machine for BA sets, various types of search and rescue equipment, towing vehicles, and various types of station-level equipment like lock cutters, face masks, suction hoses, foam-making branches, insulated axes, insulated pliers, searchlights, hose control clamps, short branches, different types of extinguishers, etc.