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By K. T. Sangameswaran
The NFSC will provide the course material, supervise and conduct examinations for the candidates who will undergo six months in-service training at the regional training centres.
Besides Chennai, the other centres selected were Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Bhuvaneshwar and Lucknow.
The training here for the first batch of 30 officers, who included nine Junior Warrant Officers from the Army, Air Force and the Navy, besides fire service personnel from the rank of Firemen to Station Fire Officer, began on July 7, the Director of Fire Service, S. K. Dogra, told The Hindu.
The idea to give training was decided by the Standing Fire Advisory Council of the Union Government after a three-day conference and technical meet of fire officers, jointly organised by the Association of Fire Officers and the Institution of Fire Engineers (U.K.) and the Goa Fire Service, at Panaji a couple of months ago. An exhibition was also held.
The conference discussed various aspects of fire service strategies and occupational hazards and safety in the profession.
Hitherto, the Nagpur college alone was conducting the course.
By undergoing training, the personnel could be able to update their knowledge in fire fighting and prevention, rescue operations and planning.
In many States, the facilities for training the personnel were not adequate.
Tamil Nadu was ranked high in the country with regard to fire fighting, prevention and safety aspects and availability of infrastructure.
The other places were Maharashtra, Delhi and Goa. Tamil Nadu has 280 fire stations, which was much higher than those in other States.
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