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Road jam hinders quick response: fire deptt.
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Traffic congestion and narrow passages prove as main stumbling blocks for the state fire and emergency services for timely responses to any eventualities in the state capital.
“In most of the fire incidents, we respond in time but often traffic congestion and narrow passages, and lack of specific information on the location often causes delay in the timely arrival of our personnel and fire tenders,” said SP fire & emergency services (F&ES) Neilasa Sopfü while addressing the media persons at the concluding function of the six-day demonstration and handling of fire extinguishers held at Kohima local ground today.
“Because of our unplanned city, it often hampers our professionalism to tackle fires” he said. The SP also disclosed that many times, fire personnel wasted precious time trying in locating the spot since those who provide information neglect to point out the specific location.
Another chronic problem in the society, he said was frequent interventions of the public during who used to direct fire fighters or sometimes, snatching hose pipes. He said such acts were an insult to the men and add to the problem while fire fighting.
The SP urged public to cooperate with firemen who are trained and not to interfere while they are doing their job. He also informed public to call the control room ‘101’ in case of fire incident.
Altogether 150 persons from seven districts of the state including people from 44 government departments, 22 schools, 2 commercial institutions and one NGO took part in the six-day training-cum-demonstration programme.
Three different types of hand held fire extinguishers including Co2, water type and dry chemical powder hand held fire extinguishers were displayed and used for demonstrations. There was positive response to the six-day programme. He said though the department did not have hi-tech equipments, it was doing its best. The six-day programme was aimed at providing basic fire control and creating awareness as most of the fire incidents were purely due to human error.
The SP also informed that the department would be willing to impart basic fire fighting techniques to individuals or private organizations.

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