November 8, 2013 6:53:47 pm
China’s first helicopter to fight fire will be deployed by the middle of next year at its biggest city,Shanghai.
The Russian-made Ka-32 helicopter,currently undergoing final stages of assembly,will be delivered to the metropolis by January next year,said Shanghai Fire Department chief Zhao Zixin.
Shanghai will set up an air fire-crew to conduct emergency rescue and firefighting missions involving skyscrapers,high-speed railways and viaducts. Seven pilots and three mechanics are receiving training in Russia for this purpose,Zhao said.
Another 20 air-crew are currently going through simulator training and study in Shanghai,state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Shanghai has over 14,000 high-rise buildings,including 400 building over 100 meters.
A fatal blaze in November,2010 gutted a 28-story apartment building in Shanghai’s Jing’an District killing 58 people.
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