A rally was organised by Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services to mark the week
Fire safety first, lavish life next.” “Fire is fire, friend or foe, we decide.” “A routine fire safety check should only take a couple of minutes but it could mean the difference between life and death.” Prevent fire accidents, promote nation’s development.”
These were some of the slogans that were driven home at the Fire Safety week rally that was held in the city on Friday. The rally was organised by the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services.
Death rate due to fire accidents has shown an increasing trend and there is a lack of awareness on fire, hazardous materials, domestic cooking gas and other equipment that might cause fire. There is also lack of awareness on fire and emergency services department and people seldom know whom to reach out in case of an accident.
The rally was organised on fire safety along with a service demonstration and gave the participants a practical knowledge on how fire could be prevented and how the firemen jump into action when there is an accident.
The rally was flagged off from Saraswathipuram fire station in the presence of Mayor B L Bhyrappa, District Health officer Basavaraju, Apollo hospital Head Bharathesh Reddy.
This year’s Fire Service Week is observed with the theme ‘Prevent fire accidents, promote nation’s development’. Students of BGS Apollo Nursing School, Staff and general public took part in the rally that began from Saraswathipuram and passed through Ramaswamy Circle, JLB Road, DC Office, and Railway Station Road.
Speaking to City Today, District Fire Officer Gururaj K P said, “Every year, fire safety week is observed and we conduct awareness rallies along with live fire-fighting demonstration. We will be conducting lectures, demonstration and awareness programme at all education institutions, government offices in the week-long programme till April 20.”
“We have even organised various competitions like essay writing, quiz and other programmes for students. Our main objective is to increase public concern for safety and prevention of fire accidents and spread the messages of fire prevention and to guide various sections of society in setting up fire prevention systems,” he added.
Regional Fire Officer Eshwar Naik, District Fire officer Gururaj K P and others were present.
Live demonstration of fire fighting, rescue operation and on how to respond to fire hazards were held on the occasion.