Units with modern facilities to be set up under `K-Safe-2010'
There are 122 fire stations in 102 taluks Fire stations to be set up in marketing yards Modern fire tenders to be bought Quarters for Fire Service Department staff to be built
SHAHAPUR (GULBARGA district): The State Government has drawn up a comprehensive plan for upgrading fire fighting services and establishing fire stations in all taluk headquarters by 2010 with an assistance of Rs. 323.3 crores from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Making the announcement at the inauguration of the State's 122nd fire station here, Agricultural Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur said the plans are being prepared under the "K-Safe-2010" programme.
He said that in August last year, the Government signed an agreement with NABARD for the assistance, and the programme will be taken up in phases. There are 122 fire stations in 102 taluks of 177 taluks in the State. Under the K-Safe-2010 programme, fire stations with modern facilities will be established, he added.
Mr. Darshanapur said it has been decided to set up fire stations in agricultural produce marketing yards, and the Fire Service Department has indicated that it requires at least one acre of land for the construction of each fire station.
The Minister said that soon after his return to Bangalore, he will convene a meeting of officials of the Fire Service and Police departments to finalise a proposal for transfer of land under marketing yards, where this is available, at a nominal rate for taking up construction of fire stations immediately.
Mr. Darshanapur said the Government plans to establish emergency paramedical services and search and rescue facilities. Separate staff will be trained and posted to fire stations for search and rescue operations, he added.
He said old vehicles will be replaced with modern fire tenders in all fire stations. Construction of quarters for Fire Service Department staff will be taken up.