Staff Correspondent

Approval got for setting up of 28 stations

DAVANGERE: Director, Fire services and Home Guards, Ajaykumar Singh has said that 45 new fire service stations will be set up at different places in the State this year and the Government has already given its approval for the setting up of 28 fire service stations.

Upgrading

Mr. Singh told presspersons here on Saturday that all the existing fire service stations would be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 100 crore soon. He said that the vehicles at over 40 fire service stations in the State were old and they would be replaced for an effective functioning of the stations. Similarly, over 1,800 posts of driver and fireman would be filled in the next six months, he said.

Mandatory

He said that it was mandatory for all commercial buildings to have fire-resistant equipment, and the Fire Services Department would examine each such building in all the cities and towns and recommend the withdrawal of the municipal or corporation license for those that did not have such equipment.

New chapter

Mr. Singh said the Government might introduce a chapter on fire management at the high-school level from the next academic year to educate students on how to deal with fire accidents of a small magnitude without panicking.

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