Additional Director General of Police and Director, Fire and Rescue Services R.C. Kudawla on Tuesday inspected the Tiruchi fire station to get a first-hand account of the equipments being utilised for fire fighting and rescue operations and their operational status.

The ADGP interacted with the fire fighters to ascertain their grievances and the problems faced by them.

As part of his inspection, Mr. Kudawla inaugurated an exhibition at the fire station in which an array of equipment used by the fire department were kept on display. The budgetary allocation for Fire and Rescue Services was Rs. 250 crore, said Mr. Kudawla during a brief media interaction.

Stating that there were 304 fire stations all over the State, he said there were certain yardsticks for opening new fire stations at the rural and urban areas.

The department was facing manpower shortage and had projected 1,000 vacancies to the government. Recruitment was being done through the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board, he added.

Replying to a query, he however said there was no shortage of fire fighting and rescue equipment.

Mr. Kudawla handed over a letter written by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa expressing regret over the death of fireman A. Gunendran of Srirangam, who died while on duty in October to the family of the deceased.

Deputy Director of Fire Services, Tiruchi region K. Parthiban, Divisional Fire Officer, Tiruchi Syed Mohamed Shah were present on the occasion.