Thrilling display of rescue operations by Fire Service personnel in situations of fire accidents in a cluster of huts and high-rise buildings marked the recent observation of National Fire Service Day by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Tiruchi.

Impressed by the display, A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, the chief guest for the special function, called upon the Fire Service personnel to upgrade and use the right gadgets to combat fire.

He pointed out that the tremendous jump of operations in the plant was accompanied by higher risks warranting exercise of caution by every individual.

Accompanied by senior officials, Mr. Krishnan presented medals to the Security and Fire Service staff who had put in more than 30 years of service. The other guests distributed prizes to winners in the competition held amongst the fire service staff units in the ‘Mutual Aid Scheme' comprising the Fire Services of BHEL, Ordnance Factory – Tiruchi, Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service, Airports Authority of India, and Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

Presiding over, K. Mariraj Anand, General Manager – Advanced Technology Products, observed that the Plant had not witnessed any major fire accident in the rememberable past.

T. Anandan, General Manager – Human Resource, recalled the major fire accidents in the Kumbakonam school and Srirangam Marriage Hall, to emphasise on the importance of precaution. S. Gopinath, General Manager – Operations (Boiler Shops), advocated more training and preparedness for the Fire Service personnel to put out major fires.

The personnel should also train common people, he felt.

S. Palanivelu, Deputy Chief Security Officer, BHEL, Tiruchi, welcomed the gathering and presented the annual report of the activities of the BHEL Fire Service. Capt. Palanivelu said that during last year BHEL trained 142 persons in fire orientation, 712 students in fire fighting and prevention knowledge, and 300 students on handling fire accidents and avoiding them. I.Surli, Inspector (Fire) proposed a vote of thanks.