Mumbai: Simulator Facility for Firefighters To Be Established in Borivali

Mumbai: Simulator Facility for Firefighters To Be Established in Borivali
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The Mumbai Fire Brigade has proposed a new ‘hot fire burning facility’ at its dedicated fire station coming up at Thakur Village in Kandivali. Officials said that this fire station will be constructed at a cost of ₹15-16 crores, adding that it will offer simulator training covering various fire incident scenarios including in apartments, highrises, basements, and refineries. 

Officials further said that fire safety officials will receive adequate training on dousing fires in the midst of thick smoke and/or heat using fire fighting suits. The Mumbai Fire Brigade receives over 5,000 fire-related calls per year as per some estimates.  

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Officials familiar with the matter said that as per the current training regime, newly inducted firefighters complete their theoretical training and directly move on to a real-world scenario in many cases. This simulator program is expected to improve preparedness for new firefighters before heading out into a dangerous situation. 

Some firefighters currently receive training at the breathing apparatus gallery at Wadala’s Regional Command Centre. Trainees here are put into a virtual atmosphere with smoke, heat, sparks, and flame. However, the new facility will be more elaborate and offer improved training to each trainee. 

“We plan to make use of propane gas, which is considered much cleaner, to reduce the environmental damage caused by burning scenarios. At present, there are over 45 blaze scenarios, including those in an apartment, a car, building basement, highrise and commercial establishment,” an official added.

Officials said that this new facility will be completed in two years given that work for other complexes within this fire station, including an administrative building, officers’ quarters, and the fire station itself, has already begun around two months ago. 

An officer familiar with the matter said, “There is a 30-month time period for the works, however we have been assured that the facility should be ready within 24 months.”

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