Firefighters get software to track safety compliance after 8 years of waiting | Bombay News

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Fire Department’s building inspection software, which has been in development for eight years, was finally rolled out earlier this month during Fire Service Week observed from April 14-20.

The software is intended to allow designated inspection firefighters to send notices to online structures and ensure they comply in a timely manner. Automated reminders will be sent closer to the compliance date to structure owners/occupiers as well as agents, ensuring the same is adhered to. The software should also track the submission of Form B, the submission of which is mandatory.
In accordance with section 3(3), it is compulsory for the owner or occupier, as the case may be, to provide a certificate, Form B, issued by an approved fire audit agency twice a year to the months of January and July regarding the maintenance of existing fire prevention and life safety measures in good condition and repair.
Officials said that in the event of a recent fire which occurred for the third time in the same premises of a building in Khar, the structure had complied with fire safety and was therefore cleared for occupancy. . “However, despite this, there was again a fire. In such an event, a notice will be sent and a record of it will be kept in the software. This will also help us to create a lot of data on the notices served at any structure, when it was last assessed and whether Form B was submitted or not, the official said, adding that once their teams inspect the buildings, they will upload photos of the same in This would give the occupants an exact idea, indicating where the gaps are that need to be corrected.
As Mumbai has around three lakh structures that are assessed, Fire Chief Hemant Parab said it is difficult to visit all these structures to check if they have submitted their mandatory Form B.
“Therefore, we now hope that the software will help the force in this regard. In addition, all photos of the inspection performed by the relevant officer will also need to be uploaded to this software,” Parab said.
Senior firefighters also pointed out that the delay in rolling out the software was also due to the fact that it was the firefighters who were previously supposed to make the software operational, but later the work of it was done. by the Civic Information Technology Department.