Chandigarh Police personnel could soon be seen equipped with modern day breathing apparatus. The UT police will purchasing around 8-10 breathing apparatus and based on their performance,new orders could be placed. Once these are purchased,the masks will be kept at the Police Lines. The tentative cost of each breathing apparatus is expected to be between Rs 20,000 – Rs 25,000.
The gas masks will substantially boost the capabilities of the Chandigarh police to deal with accidents where chemicals and toxic materials are involved.
The breathing apparatus,which include a gas mask and an oxygen canister,will enable a cop to inspect sites where chemicals or smoke are involved. At present,the police have to depend on the Fire department,which has 50 such breathing apparatus.
These masks will also prove beneficial during protests and rallies where the police personnel have to use smoke and tear gas. In the absence of proper masks,police are also equally vulnerable to these gases which severely hampers their work.
Speaking to Newsline,UT Inspector General of Police,P K Shrivastava said,We have initiated a tender process for the acquisition. The gas masks will improve the capability of our men to deal with emergency situation like accident involving toxic chemicals and smoke. We would not have to be dependent on fire department always.
He added that only a small number will be purchased at the start. The gas masks will be tested and if they are found to be satisfactory the police will be placing orders for a few more in the future.