With summer picking up pace, GHMC takes up fire safety drills

With the onset of summer, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s Enforcement Vigilance & Disaster Management (EV&DM) initiated awareness programmes and emergency evacuation drills to educate people how to respond and escape during emergencies.

To ensure preparedness of fire-related incidents, an action plan has been initiated with regularly conducting awareness and evacuation drills at various places–including most vulnerable spots/buildings like schools, hospitals, shopping malls, office buildings, hotels and banquet halls, where large numbers of people gather.

According to EV&DM, teams under the supervision of the Station Fire Officer (SFO) demonstrate and involve the inmates in practice how to escape fire, evacuate buildings during emergencies, operation of fire-fighting equipment, first-aid, CPR to save lives and also creating awareness to the citizens on ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ in case of emergencies.

According to EV&DM, the DRF Teams conducted over 82 awareness programmes, including 41 at public places, 25 shopping malls/showrooms, 12 schools/colleges and four hostels/apartments in the last two weeks. “The EV&DM recently trained 43 staffers of six ULBs in batch-1 and 39 of 12 ULBs in batch-2 on disaster rescue operations,” said N Prakash Reddy, Director, EV&DM. Director-General of Fire Services Y Nagi Reddy said, to meet natural calamities in the future days, the department trained 72 personnel for the past 15 days in various rescue techniques, including basic flood and rope techniques. Officials of GHMC, Fire department, TSSPDCL and HMWS&SB will be coordinating during fire mishaps round-the-clock.

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