Now, motorbikes to fight fire in Delhi

April 13th, 2009 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Delhi Fire Service Monday introduced a new fleet of motorbikes fitted with fire extinguishers for quick mobility and immediate action in case of any emergency.
Modelled on the lines of Malaysia, Delhi Fire Service chief R.C. Sharma introduced the red-coloured Royal Enfield motorcycle fire tenders for the first time in India. Their equipments have been imported from Finland.

“This motorbike armed with fire fighting measures will help in increasing our operational capabilities. It will be deployed in the areas of Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazaar, old Delhi and trans-Yamuna which are crowded and congested,” Sharma added.

Sharma said two personnel are deployed on one Royal Enfield motorbike. And it is fitted with a tank that can carry water up to 50 litres with two equipments.

“The entire set up costs Rs.750,000 and we have inducted 10 such motorbikes. One motorbike has the capacity of dousing a fire in a shop. These hi-tech motorcycles are based on Water Mist Technology which prevents wastage of any water unlike the traditionally used fire fighting extinguishers,” he said.

Sharma said the same motorbikes will also be used inside the Commonwealth Games venue.

“Inside the stadium, we will deploy these motorbikes only for quick mobility and immediate action,” Sharma said.

Besides launching motorcycles, the Delhi Fire Service has also launched a well-equipped German Arial Ladder Platform (ALP) and French technology based Rope Rescue System in its unit.

“Until now we had the capability for fire rescue operation till 60 metres. With this, we hope to increase it to double,” Sharma said.

Sharma said before the Commonwealth Games, all the fire fighting vehicles will be fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS).

“For Games, we will also be setting up two new fire stations and control rooms around all the stadiums. A special training will also be provided to the personnel,” he said.

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