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Noida Fire Department will get wings

The department may soon add a helicopter brigade to its fire-fighting apparatus.

Noida Fire Department will get wings

The next time you call the Noida Fire Department, you can expect to see them fly in. The department is now planning to acquire a helicopter brigade to carry out its relief and rescue operations in high-rise buildings. This is a joint initiative between Noida Authority and the UP Fire Department.

Sunil Kumar Singh, Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Gautam Buddh Nagar, said that due to an increasing number of high-rises in the city, it has become imperative for the department to have an airborne rescue system. Some of the high-rises under construction, such as Supernova and North Eye, will tower at 250 to 300 m. The department's existing fire equipment can only cater to buildings up to 42 m high.

The current stock of fire-fighting equipment includes 16 fire engines of 6,000 litres each, four fire engines of 2,500 litres each, three fire Jeeps for congested areas and a hydraulic platform that can reach up to 42 m. Apart from this, the CFO added that the Gautam Buddh Nagar fire department had nine fire stations, five of which had been set up recently, at Noida Sector 71, the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, Knowledge Park, and Ecotech 1st and 3rd in Greater Noida.

"The department is facing a shortage of trained fire personnel," Singh said. "Noida and Greater Noida have a collective strength of 85 firemen, which is woefully inadequate for an area the size of Gautam Buddh Nagar. We need at least 350 firemen on service at any given point. Thankfully, there are 1,200 new recruits currently being trained."  

Officials also confirmed that the department was getting two new hydraulic platforms for Noida and Greater Noida. 

NP Singh, president of FONRWA, praised the Fire Department's initiatives and said that it was finally addressing the residents' long-standing demand. "This is a great initiative. The platforms and helicopters are essential for the fire safety of a high-tech city such as Noida," he said.