The Government has decided to set up three more fire service stations in different parts of Kanyakumari district, including Thovalai, Rajakkamangalam and Karungal, said Regional Deputy Director, Fire and Rescue Service Department (Madurai region), M.Sahul Hameed.

Speaking to the presspersons here on Wednesday, he said that a project proposal had already been submitted to the Public Works Department for the construction of houses for the fire service personnel in the Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

The Madurai region consisted of seven districts _ Madurai, Theni, Sivagangai, Virudunagar, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. There were 71 fire service stations in the southern region to cater to the needs of people of the respective districts.

There were 7 fire service stations in Kanyakumari district and the Government has inducted two modernfire tenders_ one at Kanyakumari and another at Colachel _ into the force for the benefit of the people of coastal areas.

Similar to the friends of police, it has also been decided to form the voluntary ‘thondar padai' in the southern districts in order to provide helping hand to the people in need. It had already selected 1,720 persons including 383 school and 437 college students. The remaining persons would be the people from all walks of life. As any as 3,000 fire accidents took place in different parts of the districts in the southern region in the last 9 months.