The technology developed by the DRDO for defense purposes can also be used to meet civilian needs as there is a requirement to link safety and security to deal with instances of fire fighting more effectively, Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said.
Speaking at a workshop on ‘Fire Safety Technologies and Services Workshop’ at DRDO headquarters, Bhamre said the idea of making technology useful for all state departments is being explored.
“There is a dire need to link safety with security and the technology developed by the DRDO for defense purposes can also be used to meet civilian needs to deal with instances of fire fighting more effectively,” he said.
He said the technology developed would be under the ‘Make in India’ initiative that could gradually be exported to other countries too.
G Satheesh Reddy, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman, said right now what is being developed by DRDO is for defense forces but the technology can be modified to be used for fire services. He also said the DRDO is in the process of developing technology that would help in rescue operations from borewells but did not elaborate further on it. “We also need to have our own standards in fire and explosive safety because prevention is better. We need to lay out our standards very clearly,” he said.
He requested representatives from the fire department in the meeting to come out with specific requirements that could be taken forward by the DRDO. D K Shami, Directorate General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Affairs, said the fire department need technology and new equipment to save lives.
“There is a 65 per cent shortage of fire stations. We need manpower of 6 lakh and have 60,000. There is also 83 per cent shortage of appliances. We need India-made equipment and that is where the research and development of the DRDO come into the picture,” Shami said.
“I request DRDO to develop our own standards. We should not blindly follow NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards and develop our own standard,” he said. “We are very poor in implementing the latest technology. It is a long drawn process to procure any technology. We need cooperation from all sectors for it,” Shami added.