The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh flagged off seven new fire engines from the CTO on Monday. The fire department of Himachal can now operate three ways. They will now be able to extinguish fires with the help of water, carbon and nitrogen powder, too. The state government has boosted their ability to handle crisis by this new addition to their fleet.
These new fire engines have been deployed in Manali, Una, Nalagarh, Tilak Nagar, Baijnath, Sarkaghat, and Ghumarwi. After this latest addition, the total strength of the engines has gone up to 145. The Chief Minister said at the inauguration that the State Government was always committed to make the fire services stronger, and is working earnestly on it. The modernization of fire department is part of that process. He said that bigger engines are being deployed according to the demand and area of regions in the state.
The Chairman and Director of the IPH department M.R. Mardi said that these new engines, packed with nitrogen powders, are capable of handling all kinds of fires, and have the latest technical equipment on board.
On this occasion, DCG Home Guards Rakesh Sharma, Divisional Commandant Anuj Tomar, Chief Fire Officer Jagdish Chand Sharma, SP Shimla D.W.U. Negi, Commandants, members of the Fire brigade and other dignitaries were also present.