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June 18 fire incident: Fire dptt.admits technical snag
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 12:56 AM IST
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Fire & Emergency Services (F&ES) while admitting some shortcomings by way of technical problems in equipments while trying to control the fire that reduced Sokhriezie T-Khel market near Old BOC, to ashes at the June 18 incident, however asserted that the firemen had given their best
SP F&ES, Neilase Sopfü has reportedly submitted a report on the incident to the department’s higher ups, it was learnt.
According to sources, the SP F&ES, in the report reiterated the earlier statement on the causes and factors responsible for the fire and the consequences despite contradictory versions from the people as had appeared in the media.
All the five available fire tenders at its disposals were pressed into service along with 28 personnel including the OC himself in the firefight.
As per the report, explosions of gas cylinders aggravated the problem since the market were made up of combustible building materials such as wooden floor, plastic shed and inflammable materials such as rubbers, leather and clothing stores.
The report also revealed that tin roofing and congestion had hampered the fire fighting. It also admitted that firemen attempted to use a heavy pump with two outlets but it developed some snag. A generator that was sought to be used was also defective, it said.
Meanwhile, it was learnt from sources, that problem in the pump arose when firemen attempted to use both outlets resulting in low voltage. However, the pump was able to function when only one outlet was used. In the meantime, 20 precious minutes were lost on account of the error.
When contacted, IGP Fire Service and special home secretary, L. Singsit reiterated the same stand of the department. He said that effective firefighting depended on many aspects factors including the need to follow proper building construction code not enforced in the state.
He however assured that the department has to learn lessons from past incidents and plug the loopholes. He also expressed the hope that the state government would accord due attention to the needs of the department so as to improve its efficiency.
On the various write ups and comments from the public appearing in the local media, he said that people keep on writing without verifying the fact. “Our boys do their best by risking even their lives but at the end they get the firing”, he added.

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