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Fire department seeks cooperation
Published on 12 Feb. 2011 12:30 AM IST
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In the backdrop of fire incident at state chief minister’s official residence February 8 evening, the state fire department Friday whilst appreciating the constructive criticism by the media against the fire and emergency services department urged the media not to be one-sided but also acknowledged the fire personnel and enquire about their responses before going for publication when such incidents occur.
Stating that media plays an important role in social life, the directorate of fire & emergency services, in a statement, said it excepted media to keep play a constructive role and motivation towards it so that the responsible department would improve and serve the public better in future.
Meanwhile, the department highlighting certain measures suggested that installation of fire alarm system and fire extinguishers in important installations would be of great help during such incidents.
It also said that even if fire personnel get information (regarding fire break out) on time, they sometimes cannot reach the location on the dot due to traffic congestion and narrow passage (which have been created by rapid unplanned urbanization).
The fire department also urged public to give way to firemen when fire siren is heard, and to avoid commanding fire personnel combating fire to act freely, it said.
It further urged public to provide correct information regarding the location to fire personnel.
Also, clarifying to a general perception that fire tankers were empty or not fully filled with water during fire incidents, the directorate said normally fire tankers, used in Nagaland, have a capacity of 4000 liters (approximate), and that even if it was fully loaded it could be emptied within five minutes when all three outlets (in tanker) are used during fire fighting.

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