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State to get 31 new fire stations

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Proposal sent to government on recruiting about 2,500 firefighters

Welcome:Omprakash, Director-General of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services, being greeted on his arrival at the Regional Fire Office in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. SRIRAM
Welcome:Omprakash, Director-General of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services, being greeted on his arrival at the Regional Fire Office in Mysore on Tuesday.— Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

Director-General of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services Omprakash on Tuesday said 31 new fire stations would be established in the State soon and a proposal had been sent to the government to recruit about 2,500 firefighters.

Mr. Omprakash, who inspected the infrastructure and facilities at the Fire Brigade in Saraswathipuram here, told The Hindu the department needed manpower and the 31 sanctioned fire stations need about 600 to 700 firefighters.

“While the land for setting up fire stations in some places had been acquired, we are in the process of indentifying land and other facilities required for establishing the remaining stations,” he said.

Asked whether the department would take the assistance of corporate houses for establishing modern fire stations such as the one set up at the Hebbal industrial area here by Infosys Technologies, he said: “The department will definitely consider availing itself of the support of corporate bodies in accordance to the rules.”

Mr. Omprakash, who saw the demonstration of advanced fire-fighting equipment procured by the Regional Fire Office (RFO) here, said there was a proposal to provide rescue vans for each district. At present, RFOs in the State had been provided the modern facility.

Special features

Regional Fire Officer Younus Ali Kauser explained the special features of the rescue van and other equipment, including the new-age fire extinguishers — Varuna (fitted in a four-wheeler) and Agni (fitted on a motorcycle for quick response). Firemen demonstrated the equipment.

The rescue van is equipped with four hydraulic-driven portable generators used to operate devices such as iron and concrete cutters and high-speed saws.

A lifeboat, thermal imaging cameras and a pair of aluminium suit, a protective gear for fire personnel, were shown to the dignitaries.

Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, Inspector-General of Police (Southern Range) A.S.N. Murthy, Superintendent of Police R. Dileep, Deputy Commissioner of Police Basavaraj Malagatti and officers from the Fire Services Department were present.


  • The 31 sanctioned fire stations need about 600 to 700 firefighters

  • There is a proposal to provide rescue vans for each district


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