Mumbai firefighters will receive three Austrian-made fire escape ladders over the next 18 months. Municipal Fire Chief (CFO) Hemant Parab confirmed that the order was placed through competitive bidding and said the ladders will be 64 meters each.
Currently, the Mumbai fire department has 20 ladders of varying heights, the tallest of which can reach the top of a 30-storey building. Parab informed that the 30 storey ladder is a global standard. Aerial ladders were purchased from Finland, while table ladders were purchased from Germany.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade, in a bid to upgrade its firefighting infrastructure, is in the process of acquiring new equipment. It also mandated the installation of fire escape lifts in high-rise buildings with a height of 70 meters or more.
In 2018, the Mumbai Fire Department issued a notification ordering developers to install these lifts so that rescue operations could be carried out faster, within the golden hour, to save lives and property.
In line with these goals, the fire department has also set up mini fire stations across the city and suburbs so that teams can be deployed as soon as an incident is reported.
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