Mysore, Oct. 6 (KK&KMC)- All the Fire Stations in city are fully geared up to tackle any kind of eventuality that may occur in and around the city during Dasara festivities, said Regional Fire Officer C. Gurulingaiah.

Gurulingaiah, in-charge of Mysore Circle comprising Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Hassan districts, told Star of Mysore yesterday that the Fire Stations and fire-fighting personnel were prepared to tackle not only fire incidents, but any kind of disaster like building collapse, train or bus accidents, bomb explosion or removal of fallen trees. The personnel have been specially trained for rescue operations and also to use modern equipment.

Explaining about the preparations made for Jumboo Savari, Gurulingaiah said that he had prepared a 'master-plan' to provide security cover for the entire stretch of the procession.

As part of the plan, 10 fire-tending vehicles from Chamarajanagar, Mangalore and other neighboring districts have been brought to city, to be kept on alert till the end of Dasara festivities, he said and added the vehicles will be parked at vantage points in the city, capable of extinguishing any magnitude of fire within a few minutes.

The fire-tending engines will be placed at the Palace premises, Open Air Theatre where Yuva Dasara is being held, Exhibition Ground, CADA office where Food Mela will be held, Maharaja College Ground, JK Ground, Oval Ground, KRS Dam, Chamundi Hill and other places frequented by tourists.

"The engines have been equipped with Aska mobile-tower lights that can illuminate a vast area for hours, drawing power from a mobile generator," Guru-lingaiah said and added that high-beam torches too have been provided for fire-tending personnel to operate even in case of power failure.

Latest addition

The latest addition to the fleet of fire-tending engines is the 16,000 litres capacity Bowser which is equipped with all modern equipment that might come handy in case of small or big disasters, like hydraulic jack, metal cutters, hackers, motorised saw, crane, driller, wide nets, pneumatic jaws, nozzles, ladders, rope-ladders, life-boats with life jackets, etc. The vehicle costing Rs. 1.5 crore can be used for 76 different kinds of operations, he added.

"The Fire Brigade will be present in its full force this Dasara, including 10 fire engines, 1 Bowser, 2 Vajra, 2 Agni and 10 Aska mobile tower lights. They will be manned by 16 Fire Inspectors, 2 Assistant Fire Inspectors, 16 Lead Fire Men, 18 drivers and 88 Firemen," he said and added that the entire master-plan will be supervised by two Special Officers from Bangalore and Mysore.

Control Room

"A special Control Room has been set up in K.R. Hospital, from where topographic point-based monitoring of the city will be done, so the rescue and relief measures could be taken up within the shortest possible time," he said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore