Prog on anvil to ensure minm response time during fire: Sheila

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New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the Delhi Fire Service has prepared an expansion programme to minimise response time during fire tragedies.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a newly constructed fire station at Sarita Vihar under Badarpur Assembly Segment, Ms Dikshit said in order to reduce the response time a target of 70 Fire Stations have been planned during the 10th Fire Year Plan i.e. 22 fire stations are proposed to be added. 26 sites have already been acquired for construction of fire station. At 15 sites work is in progress.

At present, Delhi Fire Service has 50 Fire Stations including Headquarters and Training Centre. Three Disaster Management Centres have been established and are working at Laxmi Nagar, Rohini and Nehru Place Fire Stations to provide immediate response in case of Natural/Manmade disasters.

All three Centres have been equipped with specialised equipments.

These are fitted with modern hydraulically/pneumatically/electrically operated rescue tools, capable of handling chemical and other similar emergencies.

Speaking at the function, where local MP Sajjan Kumar, local MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and Chief Fire Officer R.C. Sharma were present, Ms Dikshit said the Delhi Fire Service has been rendering commendable service since it came under administrative control of Delhi Government's Home Department.

She said it was able to save property worth Rs 300 crore during the year 2007-08. It responded to 15,718 calls relating to fire incidents. Ms Dikshit said the city-government was committed to modernize its entire fire safety network to ensure maximum fire safety coverage and minimum response time.

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