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Calls about fire incidents in the capital have hit a new record, with the fire department receiving 2,552 phone calls in the first 24 days of April.
In this period last year, they received 1,439 calls. The highest number of calls — 158 — were received on April 21.
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According to senior fire officials, the department has received over 50 fire-related calls every day since April 1 this year, forcing them to make elaborate arrangements to deal with emergencies.
“As the days get hotter, incidents of fire increase. There is a possibility that fires may break out in slum areas,” said an official, adding that the department has anticipated such situations and planned strategies accordingly.
Sources in fire services said the strategies involved locating vulnerable spots, deploying adequate fire tenders, ensuring full attendance by cancelling all leaves and equipping the control room to deal with emergencies, despite a severe staff crunch in the department.
“Usually, in April, we never receive more than 100 calls. But the trend changed this year,” said Delhi Fire Chief G C Misra.
Recently, in order to mark the Fire Service Week which is celebrated between April 14 and 20, the Delhi Fire department held demonstration in slums and informed residents about the likely causes of fire.