‘Fire-fighting mechanism imperative for buildings’

FAKE BUT TRUE: A mock fire drill demonstrating the relief and rescue operations in progress in Chennai on Tuesday.

FAKE BUT TRUE: A mock fire drill demonstrating the relief and rescue operations in progress in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S.R.Raghunathan

Special Correspondent

Seminar on safety and emergency procedures

CHENNAI: Fixed fire-fighting mechanism that comprises gadgets for fire detection and suppression was imperative for high rise buildings, particularly hotels, M. Namasivayam, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘High Rise Safety and Emergency Procedures’ organised by the St.John Safety and Health Society here, he said early identification of fire would help in minimising the damage.

Policy on safety

“Every high-rise building should have a policy on safety and security. There should be an emergency response system in place. The objective is to maximise safety and minimise impact [of an untoward incident],” he said.

Mr. Namasivayam said availability of exit routes in a building should be made known to the occupants. “Safety is everybody’s responsibility. The blame culture should go… community participation is essential in any emergency situation, including disaster management.”

In his address, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Mylapore) A.G. Mourya said the contact numbers of emergency services such as ambulance, nearest police station, fire station among others should be displayed prominently in hotels/commercial buildings.

Upgrade standards

Security standards should be upgraded in the current scenario, he remarked.

“We have asked malls, movie halls and hotels to install surveillance cameras,” Mr. Mourya said.

He also said that the space meant for public or movement of safety agencies should not be encroached upon. R.V.V. Rajulu, Branch Head, SIS Ltd called for providing bullet-proof jackets to hotel staff in the light of Mumbai terror attack.

“Terrorists [in Mumbai] used assault rifles against unarmed civilians. Chennai needs awareness when it comes to such attacks. We have to employ more of electronic gadgets for security purposes,” he added.

The seminar, held at Hotel Savera, was inaugurated by its Executive Director Nina Reddy. R. A. Mohamed Kamal, President, St. John Safety and Health Society, spoke. A mock drill demonstrating the relief and rescue operations in the event of a fire accident was conducted.

Recommended for you