Be a ‘fire champ’

Updated - May 23, 2016 04:30 pm IST

Published - October 18, 2014 12:57 am IST - BANGALORE:

Have you noticed fire safety violations in a building near you, or even in one that you work or reside in, or at a mall and did not know where to pass on that information? Here is an app that will help you be a ‘fire champ’ by averting a possible fire mishap.

City-based fire-safety advocacy group ‘Beyond Carlton’ has launched ‘Fire Champ’, an online app that empowers citizens to blow the whistle on fire safety violations. Not just that, your complaint will reach the Fire and Emergency Services Department to facilitate corrective action. Beyond Carlton has partnered with IChangeMyCity.com and the Fire and Emergency Services Department to make the model work.

Uday Vijayan, Managing Trustee, Beyond Carlton said the app will be applicable for Bangalore only as of now. “It is the first fire safety app in India and can be downloaded for free. If citizens find that a fire extinguisher has expired or the fire exit door is locked, they can post a photo on the app,” he said.

Once the photo is posted, citizens will be prompted with options of violations. Once a suitable option is chosen, the information will be passed on to Beyond Carlton from where it will be passed on to the Fire Department, which will take action.

“If a bunch of citizens from the same area start complaining about the same problem, it will prompt faster action. We are, in a way, supplementing the work of the Fire Department,” Mr. Vijayan said.

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