Mumbai needs 100 fire stations by global standards, but has only 33

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 9:43am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Last week’s major fire at Mont Blanc, a skyscraper at Kemp’s Corner, has re-ignited the need to have more fire stations in the city to improve response time in case of a blaze. Residents had alleged that the fire brigade’s response time was 30 minutes.

Senior fire officials say that the solution to this has been gathering dust. They say that in 2005, a presentation was given, after studying international standards, to the civic chief to have 100 fire stations for the city to tackle the rising incidents of fire.

“Despite the rising population and number of skyscrapers, the city has 33 fire stations as not much has come out of that proposal,” said a retired chief fire officer.

He added that the response time is crucial for any call and so it is necessary to have more fire stations to reduce response time.

“As per international standards, the city should have at least 100 fire stations along with 10,000 personnel and 1,000 fire officers. Now, we have identified locations for new 26 stations and have sent it to the development plan department to reserve plots in the city’s proposed development plan,” said SA Kale, deputy chief fire officer.

At present, Mumbai fire brigade has 33 stations, 2500 personnel and 200 officers.

“After acquiring plots, we will recruit staff, officers and will also purchase the required equipment.

It will help us in a great way to deal with any emergencies, considering  the city’s burgeoning population and the rising number of constructions in city,” said Kale.

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