Dept to include fire safety norms in school syllabus
Kolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department is planning to include fire safety and security measures in the school curriculum.
"It is important for everyone to have knowledge about safety and security from the fire. So we are working on introducing it in the school syllabus," state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee said at a programme on Fire Services Week at Academy of Fine Arts on Saturday.
According to Chatterjee, the state government has given a major boost in developing the infrastructure of the Fire department and has set up as many as 70 fire stations across the state since 2011 after the Trinamool Congress came to power.
"We have identified some fire-prone areas and some regions where the fire tenders face difficulty to enter because of narrow lanes and bylanes. We have procured modern equipment and are still continuing to do so to fight the fire at places where it is difficult to reach," Chatterjee said.
He added that under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the department is procuring ladders for better fire-fighting in the high-rises. "We have already floated the tender for procuring ladders," he said.
Officials from the fire department demonstrated how preliminary fire-fighting measures may be implemented to prevent it from spreading.
A number of school students and commoners were present during the demonstration. Director General of Fire Services department Jagmohan also attend the event along with other senior officials of the department.