Ahead of Diwali, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has asked all firemen to report for duty from Wednesday to Friday so that the maximum staff is available during the festival.
The Fire Department has identified seven places in the city where fire tenders will be deployed during Diwali to ensure minimum response time in case of a fire-related incident.
Additional Commissioner-cum-Chief Fire Officer, Sunil Bhatia, has directed all station fire officers to ensure that no fireman takes a leave/weekly rest during this time. He has also directed nine fire personnel working in the CFO office to report to various fire stations on Thursday.
The seven spots where tenders fire vehicles will be stationed on Thursday include Sadar Bazar in Sector 19, Sector 26 grain market, Hallomajra, Burail, Patel Market in Sector 15, main market Sector 40 and near Hotel Aroma in Sector 22.
Apart from this, officials have been asked to conduct regular checks at places where crackers are being sold to ensure that there are enough fire extinguishers and sand bags at the sites.
Bhatia has asked the officials to take appropriate action against defaulters and write to the police or the DC office if required.
Fire officials are also checking the condition of vehicles, fire fighting equipment and first aid kits in all the stations, and have been asked to ensure that all water reservoirs are kept full of water.
Meanwhile, the Mohali Administration has appealed to the public to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali and avoid using firecrackers to protect the environment. DC T P S Sidhu said that representatives of schools and colleges have been asked to spread awareness among students regarding celebration of a Green Diwali.