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Over 1,500 died in past five years in accidents, says DFS

New Delhi: More than 1,500 people died in last five years in different incidents, claimed the data of Delhi Fire Services (DFS). The incident includes fire death, sewer death, road accidents, drowning, and building collapsed.
More than one lakh disaster-related calls were attended by the fire service in these years.
The DFS data accessed by the Millennium Post, the highest number of calls was in the year 2016-17 which was 30,285 in which 277 people died.
The number of death increased in the year 2013-14 which was 372 and 22,726 calls were attended whereas in the year 2015-16, 2014-15, 2012-13 fire department received around 73,117 calls in which 915 people died.
"The reasons for the death are different. All are not related to fire. Some died in road accidents or drowning. Some time police informed us about the incident or we got the call from people which we also transferred to police," said a fire official.
According to the fire service, they have also responded to eight cases which are out of Delhi in 2016-17.
One of the fire officials further stated that they have seen the increased in the calls in three months of every year (April, May and June).
From the year 2014 to 2017 in the month of April, around 8,883 calls, 12,171 calls in May whereas in June ,10,026 calls were received by DFS in which they reacted promptly.
"Our main motive is to reach the spot as soon as possible we just want to increase our reaction time," said the official.
The data further claimed that in last five years, about 10432 people got injured in the different type of incidents.
It was not only the people lose their lives in the blaze but the fire brigade personnel have died during rescue operations.
In the year 2016, two died in Narela fire whereas two more fire fighters died in Vikaspuri fire incident.
Fire personnel Sunil Kumar, Manjit Singh, Hari Singh Meena and Hari Om received President's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry whereas Vipin Kental, Chief Fire Officer was awarded President's fire service medal for distinguished service on 71st Independence Day on Tuesday.
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