Fire Service Week observed across Nagaland

KOHIMA/Dimapur, APR 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/18/2019 12:15:09 PM IST

The Fire Service Week is observed nation-wide from April 14 to 20 in remembrance of the lives lost in the devastating fire that erupted and the explosions that followed on April 14, 1944 at the Victoria Dock in Bombay Port and also to prevent fire in all industries. As many as 66 fire fighters lost their lives in the April 14, 1944 incident. 

Kohima: Along with the rest of the country, the department of Fire & Emergency Services Kohima marked the National Fire Service Week with a fire awareness training program conducted at Kohima local ground on April 18.

At the program in Kohima, Sub Inspector (SI) Chumbemo Patton, in his introduction speech said that the Fire Service Week’s first day is observed as a Martyrs’ Day to pay homage to the brave firemen who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

He also said that the day is set aside for mass awareness campaigns on fire hazard and safety measures by conducting public education programs through various methods such as fire safety, evacuation drills, demonstrations and mock drills.

Speaking about fire awareness, Chumbemo said the public should not panic during fire incidents, but inform fire services immediately. He also cautioned against misusing fire services telephone numbers because it is a punishable offence. 

During the training & awareness program, a team from the department of Fire and Emergency Services trained participants on things related to fire incidents, safety and control measures. Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Menose Zashumo briefly explained how to use fire extinguishers, and the difference between CO2 and power chemical extinguishers. He also demonstrated their use. ASI, Tejangol Sophie spoke on first aid and rescue techniques, ASI Hairam spoke on ropes and lines, and ASI Sevi Kera on ladders. The topics discussed were all demonstrated live by the Fire service personnel.


Jalukie: Nagaland Fire & Emergency Service Peren conducted a Fire Awareness Training program under the theme “Fire Prevention is better than Fire Fighting” on April 18, at Traffic Point, Jalukie Town. According to DIPR, the training marked the National Fire Service Week celebrations.

The program was chaired by SL Kezhalelhou Sachu, 2nd OC FS Peren. In his welcome address, he appealed to the public to take note of the demonstrations shown on fire safety measures, LPG care maintenance and safety, rescue techniques, bandages, and use and operation of fire extinguisher. The training was attended by staff of various government departments and members of the public from in and around Jalukie Town. A vote of thanks was said by SI Kezhalelhou Sachu.

Phek: Fire Service Week was observed at Phek Town Council Hall under the theme “Fire Prevention is better than Fire Fighting”. The function was chaired by EAC Phek Sadar where he called upon the gathering to learn how to deal with fires. A welcome address was delivered by Imliakum Sanglir, EAC Phek. 

OC Fire & Emergency Phek, Sheiya Konyak, in a brief address, cautioned the public to be careful of electric circuits because fires are mostly caused by malfunctioning electric circuits. He also requested the people to install portable extinguishers in their homes and workplaces.

Wokha: The department of Fire & Emergency Services, Wokha marked the event at public ground, Wokha.

EAC, Wokha Riku Khutso, addressing the people gathered, opined that in the context of Naga society, fire safety education and awareness is poor. He urged the department to take the day as an opportunity to take fire service to the people and generate awareness and a relationship with the general public.

He also stated that the public should be educated to take precautionary measures to prevent harmful fire accidents and also be educated on survival skills necessary for fire accidents. He further dwelt on some basic fire safety measures for the lay public.

Later, rescue techniques and use of fire extinguishers was demonstrated by the personnel of Fire & Emergency Services.

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