Chennai, Nov 5:
During the Deepavali festival season, there is every possibility of fire accidents. In order to face any eventualities the department has planned to station fire tenders in strategic locations in the city.
Over 1,200 personnel would be deployed and 58 fire tender vehicles kept ready in the city to attend to emergency calls during Deepavali.
Director General of Police and Director of Fire and Rescue Services K.P. Mahendran on Friday said over 1,200 personnel would be deployed and 58 fire tender vehicles kept ready in the city to attend to emergency calls during Deepavali.
Mahendran launched an awareness campaign in his office, stressing on an accident-free Deepavali. Keeping in mind the need to burst crackers in a safe manner, the Fire and Rescue Services Department has conducted awareness programmes across the State.
As part of the campaign, the Director unfurled balloons with messages. Mahendran said, “As many as 5,600 no objection certificates were issued to set up temporary firecracker shops in the State. There will be over 900 shops in the city. Fire control rooms will function round-the-clock as usual.”
Officials clarified that the time restriction introduced by the authorities would be applicable only for the bursting of noisy crackers. There will be no ban on light-emitting crackers.
With fire hazards and health problems related to smoke being a possibility during Deepavali, the state health department is taking steps, through GVK EMRI, to ensure that both the 108 Ambulance service and 104 helpline is prepared to deal with the spurt cases that come forward during this time.
There are 936 ambulances on four wheels and 41 bike ambulances in the state, a source from GVK EMRI – which runs both the 108 and 104 services, said, “We have identified hotspots on the National Highway and are taking measures to ensure that there are sufficient number of ambulances stationed there to handle emergency cases.”
He added, “We are also keeping ambulances stationed at the Koyambedu bus stand, Madhavaram special bus stand and Perungalathur bus stand, apart from Egmore and Central Railway stations.”
The source added that arrangements have been made for adequate number of ambulances at all districts. “We have ensured that the ambulances were serviced and fitted with all necessary facilities required to handle emergencies,” he said.
Every year, Tamil Nadu records a number of cases of burns and injuries during Deepavali which require ambulance services.
The 108-control room would be functioning at full strength 24×7 to handle all the calls that come through, the official said, adding that counsellors would be available all day to handle calls and to connect them to doctors and nurses for advice and treatment round the clock.