Of the six stations, two will be equipped with all modern equipment for combating any large-scale disaster. Meanwhile, the rest four fire stations will be constructed with first class category standard.
To acquire land for the proposed fire stations in the city, director general of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence has already held a meeting with Chittagong deputy commissioner recently.
The two proposed modern fire stations will be built under Karnaphuli and Khulshi police stations. One of the proposed first class fire stations will be set up under Halishahar police station while the others will be constructed in KEPZ, Kathgar and Customs areas.
Currently, there are a total of 18 fire stations in Chittagong. All the eight fire stations in the city fall under first class category. Of the 10 fire stations in the district, only three stations such as Kumira, Hathazari and Satkania belong to first class category.
A first class fire station is equipped with 35 firemen, an ambulance, water tenders, water pumps and 200 volunteers.
Speaking about the setting up fire stations, Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan, director general of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, said: “The level of risk of fire incidents is increasing too with the rapid growth of urbanisation and industrialisation in the commercial capital. Therefore, the number of fire stations should also be increased to keep the people safe from danger.”
“There should be at least one fire station in every upazila of the country. To this end, a project to construct 156 fire stations across the country has already been approved in the The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council,” added the fire service chief.
The recent gas leak from a fertiliser factory in Chittagong has brought the importance of enhancing the capacity of the fire fighters to the fore once again.
The fire service chief also admitted that the fire fighters of the country were not still well-equipped to handle such toxic gas emission.
“The gas leak accident is a new experience for us. This has been a lesson for us to prepare ourselves from now on to combat such disaster,” said the DG of the Fire Service, adding that a group of 30 well-trained fire fighters who received special training from Singapore put in their best efforts to contain toxic gas emission from the fertiliser factory.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Md Jashim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chittagong Fire Service said: “The government has embarked upon a project to enhance the capacity of the fire fighters to tackle any emergency situation.”
“As part of the project, a total of nine fire stations equipped with all modern equipment are going to be set up across the country. Two such stations are going to be constructed in the commercial capital considering the population density and number of industries and factories,” said the fire service official.