Odisha Fire Personnel To Receive Special Protective Gear

The Odisha Fire Service has decided to go for requisition of advanced protective gear, which will enable its firefighters to walk into ravaging fire and carry out emergency rescue operations without hassle. Presently, the Fire Department has a meagre stockpile of twenty such suits across a handful of stations for day-to-day operations.

The material of the suit is specially designed to be heat-resistant. In addition, the aluminized gear is designed to operate in extreme temperature ranges. An exact number for the procurement of such suits will be finalized soon, DGP Bijay Kumar Sharma (Fire, Home Guards and Civil Defence) said.

Although firefighters have so far not felt the necessity of the advanced protective gear, officials have asked for the purchase of these suits so that they can be stored in all 336 fire stations across the state, in case of exigencies. Furthermore, the Bronto Skylift (70m), which was sent to Mumbai for repairs, has come back to Odisha and is fully operational now. Talks are also underway to get advanced sprinklers to douse flames quickly.

The proposals have come in the backdrop of the day-long conference for effective implementation of Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017, which was held on 27th February in Bhubaneswar. During the conference, steps to handle accidents caused by hazardous substances, as well as containment of leakage of toxic gases were discussed.