Need to strictly enforce Fire Safety regulations, says Shri Kiren Rijiju



Need to strictly enforce Fire Safety regulations, says Shri Kiren Rijiju

National Workshop on Integrated Approach to Fire Safety inaugurated

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated a national workshop on “An Integrated Approach to Fire Safety” here today on the occasion of the 'Fire Service Day'. Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the efforts put in by the firemen invariably do not get reflected. The job of firemen is so difficult that it cannot be performed effectively, if proper equipment is not provided to them, he added.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that allocation of more resources and modernization of fire services is needed, so that the entire system can be more robust. The Minister said that the state Governments need to strictly enforce the fire safety regulations. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs is persuading the states to incorporate the provisions to the Building Code to ensure proper safety of life and property. He also said that the MHA provides technical support, guidance and assistance in this field to the states.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the MHA has already decided to further upgrade and modernise the National Fire Service College, Nagpur and a scheme of Rs. 205 crore is already in progress.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards are working together as first responders to the disasters and form an integral part of the disaster management system. He said that they play a vital role in preparing community for disaster management by imparting appropriate training to them. A trained community responds well in cases of disasters and also helps in effective relief and rescue work, he added.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the National Workshop on ‘An Integrated Approach to Fire Safety’ is a positive step towards sharing of knowledge and technology among the various stakeholders in the country. During the event, a commemorative Postage Stamp was released on ‘Fire Services of India’ to mark the importance of the Fire Services Day.

The day long workshop included two technical sessions to discuss the issues like force multiplying endeavours in mitigating fire hazards and implementation of e-governance in fire and emergency services.

Smt. Archana Ramasundaram, DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards and SSB, Shri Braj Kishore Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri T. Murthy, Member (Operations), Postal Service Board, Shri D. K. Shami, Fire Advisor and other senior officers from Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology were also present.

The event started with lighting of lamp, followed by a documentary on the devastating fire on SS Fort Strikine ship in the year 1944. Two minutes silence was observed in the memory of sacrifices made by the firemen during that incident.

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Efforts being made to minimise Response Time of Firemen to Accidents Spots, says Shri Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh delivered a message to the nation on the occasion of Fire Services Day today. The text of the message is as follows:-

“Every year on 14th April, we observe the ‘Fire Service Day’. On this day, in 1944 a devastating fire on SS Fort Stikiné ship in Mumbai Dock caused a powerful explosion which resulted in huge loss of life and property. In memory of this accident since 1955 the ‘Fire Prevention Week’ has been conducted and from 1968 onwards 14th April has been observed as ‘Fire Service Day’ as per a decision taken by the Government of India. On this day, we remember the great sacrifices of those Firemen who achieved martyrdom. On this occasion, I, on behalf of my country, express my gratitude to those Firemen who took grave risks to minimize the losses of men and material due to the accidents caused by fire.

Most of the devastating accidents, invariably show that minor negligence were the cause of these debilitating accidents. The past fire accidents reveal that if appropriate preventive measures were taken, these devastating accidents could be averted.

The Government of India under its 12th Five Year Plan proposes to establish new fire stations at the sub-district levels too. Efforts are also being made to minimise the response time of the Firemen to accidents spots. For this, efforts are being made to get the latest fire fighting equipments, build on the infrastructure and increase the number of Fire Stations.

Recently, the devastating fire accident at Puttingal Devi Temple in Kerala took the lives of more than 100 pilgrims and property worth crores got destroyed. This has impacted our mind and heart immensely.

Hence, I appeal to all of you to be aware about the finer aspects of fire hazards to minimise the occurrence of fire accidents. I also appeal to all in the Industrial Sector and different institutions to be conscious to ensure fire safe working environment for their employees. Hence, it is necessary that all fire safety norms be determined in advance.
Finally, I call upon my fellow countrymen to make the Fire Service Department theme for this year ‘Prevent Fire Accidents-promote Nation’s Development’ a grand success”. 

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