Karnataka Fire Department reports 2000 vacancies
Though the state fire department experiences a huge vacancy, the officials seem to be quite happy with the working of the department.
Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Karnataka’s fire department has vacancies for nearly 2000 firefighters. They have received only 1900 applications for those posts.
Of these, 1500 applicants are under training and 400 are yet to write the entrance exam.
"I agree that we still don't have enough manpower, but still the department is managing well," said Soumendu Mukherjee, Inspector General of Police and Additional Director General, Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services (KSFES).
The fire department conducts several training programs for the common public to fill the vacancies. Students' Awareness regarding Fire Safety (SAFE) is one such program conducted, where they teach fire extinguishing techniques to the students. Under another such effort KSFES also trains unemployed people who later work as firemen in companies and business houses. This training is provided at the Jamnagar Fire Station.
Apart from that, all fire stations across the state recognize the most vulnerable areas from their jurisdiction and train the locals there through various fire drills. The training centres also train 1200-odd home guards to fill in the vacancy.
K U Ramesh, Director of KSFES said, "short circuit is the major reason for fire to break out in any developing or developed city."
K U Ramesh who also said that there has been a tremendous growth since 2005. "We haveat least 40 per cent of the advanced technology needed to combat fire," added Ramesh.
"Karnataka has recently bought miniature machines and fire extinguishing two-wheelers," informed Soumendu.
The applicants under training are a bit happy and a bit disappointed with availability of facilities. "We have enough equipment for the training. But we lack manpower and also there are no more open grounds for us to practice," said Raghav, one of the trainees.
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