Following the criticism that it faced owing to its inept handling of the situation during rescue operations after the Nerul LPG explosion last week, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will be upgrading its disaster management system by inducting hi-tech equipment and giving periodic training to its personnel to handle similar calamities.
Municipal commissioner Abasaheb Jarhad said, "The latest equipment displayed at the recently concluded National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) training will be included in fire-brigade and the personnel will be given periodic training to keep themselves updated on rescue operations."
The equipment which the civic body plans to have in its fleet include the hi-tech camera that can spot persons trapped inside the debris, thermal-imaging camera, GPS and tabs for fire-brigade vehicles. "We have already held meetings in this regard and the equipment will be purchased in the next one-year," said a civic official.
He added, "There are several chemical industries in Navi Mumbai and as such fire-brigade personnel will be imparted knowledge on the various chemicals through workshops from time-to-time, so they are capable of handling emergencies of any kind. Also, doctors and nurses in civic hospitals will be trained to handle emergencies of this kind."
A couple of months ago, NDRF held a training camp for 30 fire brigade personnel from various agencies in Navi Mumbai, including 10 fire personnel from Navi Mumbai fire brigade. The training was imparted by retired defence and para-military officials and was held over 22 days. During the training period, fire personnel were trained in medical first responder and collapse structure rescue.
However, the city fire brigade faced flak for its inept handling of the situation after LPG explosion in Nerul. At a recent civic meeting, corporators cornered the fire-brigade for not having latest equipment and blamed it for the death of a woman who remained trapped inside the debris and could not be rescued.