Amid rising fires, in its first batch, the Bombay firefighters receive 12 firefighting bikes over the weekend at city headquarters.
This is the first time the force will get firefighter bikes to act as first responders.
In a first of its kind, these bikes are equipped with a water tank, fire extinguisher, siren, wireless communication equipment and a pipe drill. Additionally, they also have a 30 liter tank capacity and can blast water through a high pressure pump at eight liters per minute.
According to reports, officials said another set of 12 bikes are expected to arrive by the end of the month, bringing the total number of bikes to 24. These will be deployed to fire stations in each civic district.
Considering the traffic and congested areas of Mumbai, the fire response time, especially during peak hours, reaches 20-25 minutes in the suburbs, while in the city it is around 15 minutes. Thus, with these bikes, firefighters hope to improve response times in the face of such incidents.
These bikes could reach the site first, quickly navigating through traffic if at all. Officials said the plan was to put the bikes on display first during Fire Safety Week which was to be observed from April 14. Before actually starting their use in the field, officials added that essential formalities such as RTO registration and training of our firefighters would be mandatory.
For those who don’t know, in October last year, the proposal for INR 3 crore to purchase firefighting bikes was approved by the civic standing committee.