Joint Collector Pola Bhaskar underlined the need for preventive measures to check fires rather than fighting fires after they occur.

Participating as chief guest at a programme organised in connection with the inaugural of the National Fire Services Week celebrations at Suryabagh here on Wednesday, he said Fire Services Week was being observed to promote fire safety awareness among the general public. He said that the objective of one and all should be to prevent fires as they result in huge losses.

Major cause

Mr. Bhaskar paid tributes to the firemen who lost their lives in fighting fires. Later, he released posters and pamphlets on safety awareness brought out by the Fire Services Department.

District Fire Officer S.V. Narasimham said that pamphlets would be distributed, awareness campaigns held, especially in slums, and fire fighting demonstrations conducted at important public places like railway station and bus stands during the week. He said that 30 per cent of the fires were occurring due to electrical short-circuits and lack of awareness on electrical safety.

He said that major disasters could be avoided when fires were nipped in the bud. Negligence was another major cause for fires.

It was found that 27 per cent of the fires were occurring due to human negligence.

Assistant Director of the Information and Public Relations Department B. Nookaraju, District Medical and Health Officer Swarajyalakshmi, CMR managing director Mavuri Venkata Ramana, Varun Motors CEO Prabhu Kishore participated.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Brahma Reddy, Assistant Fire Officer K. Surendranath and Station Fire Officer Martin Luther King were among those who attended.

Later, the fire tenders were taken out in a rally and firemen distributed pamphlets and safety booklets to the public.

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