PANAJI: Chief Secretary Kewal Sharma said that the government has accepted the proposal to set up full-fledged fire training academy in order to impart training to firefighters to update their professional skill and knowledge.
Sharma was speaking as the chief guest at 27th annual inspection day parade and prize distribution function of Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services held at St Inez on Saturday. He said that government will provide all support – from identification of land to making financial provision to set up the academy.
“The government will see to it that the fire service personnel who endanger their lives are provided with state-of-the-art protective equipment for performing their duties,” he said. In the absence of proper training infrastructure and special trainers, the fire officers on duty have to provide training to the candidates sponsored by government as well as private agencies in basic fire safety, fire prevention and disaster management.
Speaking further, the state administration head said that all those fire emergency vehicles that are old and not roadworthy will either be replaced or repaired for which financial provision has been made in the current financial year. Moreover, a proposal is also under consideration to procure 32-metre computerised aerial ladder platforms for all major towns.
He stressed on to create posts of specialised officers and went on to add that that present staff strength of 1000 firefighters is insufficient hence more 200 posts need to be created.
Stressing on the need to set up coastal fire stations, director of fire and emergency services Ashok Menon said that coastal belt is vulnerable to fire incidents and hence we have proposed to set up fire stations in Baga-Candolim-Calangute, Varca-Benaulim-Mobor, Majorda-Betalbatim, Anjuna-Vagator and Morjim-Mandrem-Arambol areas.
Menon urged the tourist department to provide necessary infrastructure for the same.
Certificates and trophies were handed over to the winners of the drill and tug of war competitions, and to nine fire personnel at the hands of the chief guest.