April 14th is observed as National Fire Service Day also known as “MARTYR’S DAY” every year in India to tribute those brave firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during the fire and massive explosion at Mumbai dockyard on April 14, 1944.
It is worth noting that the National Fire Service week 14-20 April, 2022 is observed to conduct an awareness program to avoid such situations in a timely manner. The week is the symbol of the discipline, courage and dedication of the firefighters as their motto is “Serve to save lives and property”.
Today (19th April,2022 ) Minister for Home (Fire & Emergency Services) Shri Ram Prasad Paul along with all firefighters as well as civilians paid tribute to those courageous firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties at Amtali School Ground. Minister has said modernization of the Fire Service has started.
He has appreciated outstanding works done by fire fighters and all frontline workers and awarded them with trophies and certificates. Kunjaban Fire & Emergency Service Station has been selected as “Best Fire Station”, Shri Asim Ranjan Biswas, Station Officer has been awarded “Employee of the year” and 21 others got “Director’s Commendation Award”. Hon’ble Minister has also inaugurated 2(two) ultra high pressure mini fire tender manufactured with newest technology and 1(one) Civil Defence utility vehicle.
The programme was organized by the Home (Fire & Emergency Service) Department with the active support of the Revenue Department and Dukli Panchayat Samiti. Shri Anindya Kumar Bhattacharya, Additional Secretary, Revenue & Director, Fire & Emergency Services, Civil Defence & Disaster Management in his welcome address apprised that as per decision of the Government such programme would be organized at Gram Panchayat Level with Civil Defence, Aapda Mitra, Women Self-help Group to start disaster management preparedness in coming days.
Shri Ajoy Kumar Das, Chairman, Dukli Panchayat Samiti presided over the programme.
Thousand of school and college students, NDRF, Fire & Emergency Services, civil defense, apada mitra volunteers, self help groups, civil societies participated in Disaster Management preparedness programme, like Fire Safety, Fire Fighting and Use of Fire Extinguishers, Handling domestic fires, Firefighting through Fire Balls and advanced technologies, Drill using jumping cushions, Earthquake Evacuation Drill and School Safety, HAM Radio Communication and Equipment Demonstration, Disaster Safety Awareness and Street Plays.
School and college students were found very interested in participating in disaster management preparedness programme.
This is one of the biggest programmes with thousands of participants around 4000. According to experts “Disaster Management Response Plan is meaningless unless it is practiced regularly”. Today’s practice at Amtali School Ground by thousands of participants is an eye opener to the organizers.