The Fire and Rescue Services Department safeguard human lives from fire accidents and help people trapped in major calamities. The government led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been taking resolute steps to strengthen the functioning of the department.
In one such move, considering the increasing number of multi-storied residential buildings and commercial complexes in Chennai city to meet the growing needs of the spiraling population, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered the purchase of a vehicle with a ladder which can stretch up to a height of 54 metres. The vehicle will cost 5.97 crore rupees and will be put to use in Chennai city.
This vehicle will be given to the South Chennai Region, Ashok Nagar Fire and Rescue Service station. It will be used to prevent loss of life and property, in case of fires in multi-storied buildings.
To safeguard the lives of firemen who are engaged in firefighting and who risk their lives in saving life and property, Ms Jayalalithaa has ordered purchase of three layered fire protection suits with hand gloves, gum boots, fire proof helmets and masks at a cost of 28 crore rupees.
These protection suits will be distributed to 1,980 personnel. It includes 6 suits each for the 302 Fire and rescue service stations across Tamil Nadu, 4 suits each for the Rescue Service stations at Hoggenakkal and Kothagiri and 160 suits for the Superintendents and Station officers. A Tamil Nadu government press release today said that these measures would protect firemen during fire rescue operations and will help strengthen the working of Fire and Rescue Services Department.