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Here's Why The City Needs More Fire Stations

During a Standing Committee meeting that was held by the BMC on Tuesday, February 18, Samajwadi Party Corporator Rais Sheikh raised the issue of on safety and fire brigade audits of government buildings under the jurisdiction of the BMC.

Here's Why The City Needs More Fire Stations
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During a Standing Committee meeting, Samajwadi Party Corporator Rais Sheikh raised the issue of safety and fire brigade audits of government buildings under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). This meeting was held on Tuesday, February 18. 

The reason for bringing out this issue was the recent fire that broke out in Mazgaon's Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bhavan on Monday, February 17. It was a major fire and three floors of the building were destroyed in the same. 

The Chief Fire Officer of the BMC Prabhat S. Rahangdale stated that the fire brigade department does not have the authority to conduct fire audits or issue notices to the government and semi-government buildings. He further said that currently, given the geographical area of Mumbai, 35 fire stations are not sufficient. To cater to Mumbai, 50 per cent more i.e. 50-60 fire stations are required during emergency situations. 

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The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB)  was established in 1887. It currently has 35 fire stations, 115 trucks and 15 ambulances. It has been noted that the incidents of fire have been on an increase in and around Mumbai. In the last three days itself, there have been two major fires reported in the city. On Monday, February 17 there was a fire at GST Bhavan in Mazgaon. It had been classified as a Level 3 fire and a structural audit of the building will be carried out. It is said that one of the construction material caught fire and this fire quickly spread to the other floors

Yesterday there by a major fire at a chemical factory in Dombivali's MIDC on Tuesday, February 18. Thankfully there have been no injuries reported in both incidents.  

There are also reports coming in for a fire in Lower Parel today. Details of the same are awaited. 

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