The recent spate of fire accidents at various places in the district has once again brought to sharp focus the urgent need for establishment of additional fire stations and recruitment of the vacant firemen posts to meet fire exigencies.

It may be mentioned that huge stocks of chilli and tendu leaves were gutted in separate fire mishaps in Khammam and Dummugudem mandals respectively in the last fortnight.

In a separate incident, six thatched houses were destroyed in a fire accident at the remote Turubaka village in Dummugudem mandal a week ago.

The district has a total of seven fire stations at Khammam, Kothagudem, Yellendu, Aswaraopet, Sattupalli, Madhira and Bhadrachalam. One more fire station is functioning at Manuguru in outsourcing mode. The vast Bhadrachalam division has only one fire station. It has become a tough task for the fire brigade based in Bhadrachalam to cover the entire division alone.

A lorry carrying a consignment of chilli stocks was completely gutted after coming into contact with a power supply line even before the arrival of fire tender at Mangavaibaduva in Dummugudem mandal a week ago. The officials concerned have earlier sent proposals for setting up of additional fire stations in the district. This apart, as many as 15 firemen posts and five driver operator posts have remained vacant for a long.

When contacted, the District Fire Officer B.V.N. Prasad said the government has sanctioned a fire station at V R Puram. Another fire station is likely to be set up at Nelakondapalli in outsourcing mode.

The proposed fire station at Nelakondapalli would be operated by the trained private personnel under the supervision of the department.

A site has been identified at Nelakondapallli for construction of the building for the proposed fire station, he said adding that the existing vacancies of firemen and driver operators in the district will be filled soon.

The huge Bhadrachalam division has only one fire station