The new fire station will be under the Babubazar Bridge
Amid a rising outcry after the February 20 fire tragedy that killed 71 people in Chawk Bazar, the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence has announced it will establish a new fire station in Old Dhaka within a week.
Major AKM Shakil Nawaz, director (operation and maintenance) of the fire service, said the fire station will be established under the Babubazar Bridge, to help firemen rush quickly to the scene in case of a fire incident.
The announcement came at a view exchange meeting of fire service officials, law enforcement, and local traders. Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor, Sayeed Khokon, also attended the meeting.
Bangladesh Chemical and Perfumery Merchants Association organized the meeting, “The Crises of Chemical Tradingin Old Dhaka and Solutions,” at the Armanitola playground on Sunday.
Emphasizing the establishment of a fire station in the area, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged locals and traders to be vigilant so they can avoid man-made disasters similar to that of Churihatta.
Old Dhaka is considered to be vulnerable to fire hazards; several massive fires have broken out in the area over the years. The tragedies at Chawk Bazar and Nimtoli claimed the lives of hundreds of people.
Mayor Sayeed Khokon also warned traders that the authorities concerned will not allow stockpiling 35 inflammable goods Old Dhaka, identified by the Department of Explosives.
The mayor also asked the formed taskforce to crack down on warehouses of “dangerous chemicals,” and to act carefully to ensure that traders are not harassed by the crackdown.
A fire drill will be conducted at the Armanitola playground on Tuesday, to raise awareness among locals and to teach them how to control fires and escape fire hazards, sources said.
According to the fire service, there are some 22 fire stations across the city, with six of them located in Old Dhaka. With the installation of the proposed fire station, the number of fire stations in the area will go up to seven.