Authorities say manpower shortage is delaying the recruitment process
A Fire Service and Civil Defence Station of Nawabganj upazila in Dinajpur has not began its services due to delays in recruitment, though its construction completed three years ago in 2016.
Locals say, sudden fire accidents that have taken place previously in the district, damaged property, and such adverse incidents could possibly be prevented by some skilled hands at the Fire Service and Civil Defence station.
Chairman Ataur Rahman of Nawabganj Upazila, said: "Nawabganj is a large upazila consists of nine unions. We have a good number of population, whose demands prompted the construction of the fire service station. Three years have passed, yet even now it has no fire fighting paraphernalia nor was anyone hired for the job.
"I have talked about the matter in various office meetings, after I was elected. I will knock the higher authorities again to get the fire service station available for civil support," Chairman Ataur added.
MP Shibli Sadique of Dinajpur 6, said: "Fire service stations have been operating in two upazilas that belong in my constituency, the one in Nawabganj has not began its services, as no fireman was recruited so far."
"I have talked to the ministry regarding the matter. They said there is a shortage in manpower, and assured me of recruiting for the fire service station soon."
Lutfur Rahman, a local said: "If we fell into sudden fire accidents we have to bring fireman from nearby upazilas. When we have a fire service station of our own, we will be able to take quick steps in the face of fire accidents that will not only save essential public property but also lives."
Alauddin, the only job holder in the fire service station, was hired as a night guard when the construction of the place was completed. He said: "I am working at the station for three years. I keep an eye-out for thieves looking to intrude into the place, but I don't know when the station will be available for services."