For quick response and easy access in congested areas, Mumbai firefighters are preparing to receive 24 firefighter bikes for firefighting in the city. A proposal of INR 3.15 crores will be tabled before the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee for approval on Wednesday, October 27.
The proposal includes the purchase, assembly, maintenance and operation of fire bikes for the next five years. Although the firefighters’ bikes will cost INR 2.76 crore, the firefighters will spend INR 28.32 lakh on service and maintenance for five years. After issuance of a work order, the finalized contractor for this project will deliver the bikes within two months, and an additional two months will be allowed for the assembly of the bikes.
A senior fire official said firefighters’ bikes would be useful because they can help respond quickly when a fire breaks out. The city’s fire trucks often face delays due to traffic and narrow lanes. They will deploy these fire bikes in fire stations that cover densely populated areas.
A tank, water pipe, hose reel and pumps will be installed in bicycles and densely populated areas; these bikes can be squeezed for action just before the fire trucks and tankers reach the spot.
Offers for firefighters’ bikes were launched last year in January, but COVID-19 has delayed the process, officials said.