Mysore, June 16 (KMC)- Adopting fire-safety measures in a community was in practice since ancient times. It is mentioned in Kautilya’s Arthashasthra (an ancient Indian Hindu treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy dating back to 350 — 283 BC), in which those responsible for a fire accident were fined and in case of an arson, the arsonist had to be thrown into the same fire.

The above was stated by C. Gurulingaiah, Regional Fire Officer, Saraswathipuram Fire Station, during his talk on Fire safety and fire fighting, organised by Rotary Club of Mysore West at their auditorium in Saraswathipuram last evening.

Gurulingaiah is In-charge of Mysore Circle which comprises Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Hassan districts. He had won the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal recently.

Illustrating his talk with a power-point presentation, Gurulingaiah explained about the precautions to be observed while handling inflammable materials, the various methods of fire-fighting, handling a crisis, especially in case of a fire caused by LPG and about the handy fire-fighting equipment that can be installed in homes and institutions.

"The job of fire-fighting personnel is not just limited to extinguishing fire; they are also responsible for saving lives in case of accidents and natural calamities," Gurulingaiah said and added that they always responded to emergencies, not even wasting time to check whether the phone call was genuine or a hoax by pranksters. "Instances of hoax calls are very rare in City," he replied to a query from the audience.

"Future multi-storey apartments will have to compulsorily install metered LPG supply system with the cylinders at the basement and supply to homes through tubes," said Gurulingaiah and added that according to the National Building Code, fire-fighting systems must be installed at every floor of a multi-storey building and at the basement as well.

"It is the primary duty of the City Corporation to refer to the Fire Brigade, the cases of multi-storey building constructions (for 5 or more storeys)," he said.

Later, a demonstration on fire-fighting was presented outside the auditorium.

The programme was presided over by the Club President Rtn. Joseph Mathew. Hon. Secretary Rtn. V.R. Anil Kumar was present. Dr. Jayaram introduced the chief guest and Vijay Kumar read a report.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore