Jammu, Apr 14 : Against the death of two members of fire and emergency services during an avalanche at Jawahar Tunnel, the department has advocated for setting up of dog squad to search the rescue teams.
“Very soon the Department would be sending a proposal to the State Government for procuring 4 Belgian Shepherd pups to set up a Dog squad to assist the Search and Rescue Teams,” V K Singh, Commandant General Home Guards, Civil Defense and SDRF J&K, who is holding additional charge of Director General, Fire and Emergency Services here said while speaking at the National Fire Service Day being observed on Sunday (April 14) every year.
He also paid homage to fire service personnel who laid down their lives in the discharge of duty.
Commemoration Parades were also held by Fire and Emergency Services staff in J&K State at provincial and district levels.
The DG said that a similar proposal would be mooted for the SDRF, adding, “the pups would be deputed with handlers to the National Training Centre for Dogs at the BSF Academy Tekanpur, MP for 6-months training course”.
He emphasized upon the departmental officers to constitute special teams for giving demonstrations during the week regarding fire safety measures at district level in industrial establishments and educational institutions besides conducting Speech, essay and poster competitions.
However, wreaths were laid in memory of martyrs and two-minute silence was also observed in their memory.
The DG read out the list of 13 martyrs at the national level including 3 from J&K and described the Mumbai Dock Fire as the worst tragedy in the Fire service history as Mumbai Fire brigade lost its entire crew of 66 members on April 14, 1944.
In the said incident a total of 237 lives were lost.
Recently, F&ES J&K lost two Firefighters at Jawahar Tunnel Fire station when avalanches hit the Fire station.
He complimented the personnel for their professional competence, commitment and courage.
The Team exhibited great dedication while attending the 47,229 calls during the last 10 years in which 1207 people lost their lives.
While property worth approx Rs 11296 crores was involved in these fires, property worth Rs.10417 crores was saved and the average loss was below 9 per cent.
The DG also inaugurated the newly designed Canteen at Fire headquarters Gandhi Nagar and released the theme Song of Fire & Emergency Services.
Various hi-tech rescue equipments and disaster tools which were inducted recently in Fire Services were displayed. A mock rescue demo was held with the help of Bronto Sky Lift.
Fire tenders with banners were routed through Jammu city and public was informed regarding fire safety through public address system. (UNI)