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City’s fire service gets new bikes,equipment in run-up to Commonwealth Games

The Delhi Fire Service introduced a new fleet of motorbikes fitted with fire extinguishers to cut down on time required for reaching emergency situations...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 14, 2009 12:29:05 am

The Delhi Fire Service introduced a new fleet of motorbikes fitted with fire extinguishers to cut down on time required for reaching emergency situations,especially in the narrow and congested bylanes of the Walled City and trans-Yamuna area. The bikes were launched on Monday during the annual press conference of the Delhi Fire Services.

Modelled in the lines of the Malaysian fire and rescue department,the red bikes were introduced for the first time in India. Equipment for the bikes was imported from Finland.

“These motorbikes,armed with fire-fighting instruments,will help increase our operational capabilities. These bikes will be deployed in the Chandni Chowk,Sadar Bazaar,Old Delhi and trans-Yamuna areas,which are congested,” Delhi Fire Service Chief R C Sharma said.

Sharma said two personnel will be deployed per Royal Enfield motorbike,which will be fitted with a tank that can carry up to 50 litres of water. “The instruments are based on Water Mist Technology that prevents the wastage of water,unlike traditional fire extinguishers. The entire set-up costs Rs 7,50,000 and we now have 10 such bikes. Each bike has equipment that has the capacity of dousing fire in one shop,” he said.

Sharma added the same motorbikes will also be used at the Commonwealth Games venues. “We will deploy these motorbikes inside the stadiums for quick mobility and immediate action,” he added. “Before the 2010 Games all the fire fighting vehicles will be fitted with Global Positioning Systems as well.”

The Delhi Fire Service has also launched a well-equipped German Arial Ladder Platform (ALP) and a ‘Rope Rescue System’,based on French technology,in its unit. “Until now we could conduct fire rescue operations only up to 60 m. With the new equipment,we hope to double that,” Sharma said. Fire officials added that they will also set up new fire stations and control rooms around all Games stadiums. Special training will also be provided to personnel in charge of emergency operations.

fire-ready for the games
* 10 fire extinguisher-equipped bikes,each worth Rs 7,50,000
* These bikes will be deployed at congested areas,and at the Commonwealth Games stadiums
* All bikes will be fitted with GPS before the Games
* A well-equipped German Arial Ladder Platform (ALP)
* A Rope Rescue System based on French technology to conduct rescue operations at higher levels

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