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Delhi LG  directs DFS  to amend Archaic fire safety rules before Diwali.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

●    Delhi LG  directs DFS  to amend Archaic fire safety rules before Diwali. 
●    Move to benefit thousands of small businesses, restaurants, nursing homes etc.
●    16 more Fire Stations and 130 Fire Tenders in the City soon.

The Lt. Governor Shri V.K. Saxena yesterday reviewed the Fire Safety preparedness in the National Capital and issued specific instructions to the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) to rationalize and simplify the procedures for obtaining fire NOC, without compromising on the safety parameters. He underlined that for any regulation to succeed in achieving purpose it has to be made compliable, else it just became a tool for harassment of common people.  Shri Saxena asked for the  revised procedural guidelines to be put in place before Diwali so that small eateries, restaurants, nursing homes, showrooms and other establishments that run from pillar to post for obtaining fire clearances could get the much needed relief.
The move will benefit a large number of restaurants/eateries, nursing homes and several other smaller business units that fail to comply with the existing fire safety parameters only due to intricate and archiaic procedures and thus, in some cases, are forced to operate without the mandatory fire safety clearance. This will also benefit the people at large by putting an end to harassment, unjustified delays and at the same time incentivize them to comply with the Fire Safety norms. Those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary, Delhi, Pr. Secretary (Home), Director, Fire Services and other senior officers of the concerned departments. 
The LG instructed officials to identify at least 50 locations prone to fire mishaps and deploy Fire Tenders at these locations and integrate them with the ambulance services so as to ensure quick response in case of any emergency. To begin with, more than a dozen such locations will be identified ahead of Diwali and gradually a plan for the entire City will be prepared. LG stressed that all fire accidents and mishaps are small only to begin with, and if contained immediately before spreading, loss of lives and properties can be saved. 
Underlining that the City had grown exponentially in terms of population as well populated area, Shri Saxena instructed to increase the number of Fire Stations in Delhi from the existing 64 to at least 80 and Fire Tenders/Water Bousers to at least 350, from the present 220.  He gave clear instructions to bring down the Response Time for Fire rescue calls to 2-3 minutes, which at present varies from less than 08 minutes to more than 16 minutes. 
Noting that the number of Fire Tenders/Water Bousers, Motor Pump, Foam Tenders, Hydraulic Platform and other critical equipment available with DFS were insufficient to meet the fire safety requirements of Delhi, the LG directed officials to increase the number of such equipment on a priority basis.  He directed officials to increase the number of ultra modern Fire Fighting equipment like, Remote Operated Fire Fighting Machines (Robots), Multi – Articulated Fire Towers, Drone Sprinklers, Aerial Ladders and others that would also enhance the safety of the Firemen and save lives. 
Emphasizing on the need for regular drills/awareness on fire safety, the LG directed officials to prepare a calendar of regular drill programs at major hospitals, colleges, schools, hostels and crowded markets. He instructed to carry out fire safety drills at these places with prior notice, so as to ensure maximum participation of people and cause least inconvenience. 
During the meeting, the LG also issued the following directions:
1.    Identifying the land required for setting up of new Fire Stations,
2.    Roping in NGOs/experts for proper training of Firemen in animal and bird rescue,
3.    Audit of the deaths in fire incidents to assess the shortcomings and requirement of additional resource/skill to improve the functioning of Fire Department, 
4.    Equipping all Fire Tenders with GPS to track their movement and response on a Real Time Basis,
5.    Filling of the 1112 vacant posts in Fire Department on priority and 
6.    Expediting the construction of Fire Service Headquarter building at Connaught Place. 

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