Commissioner for proper fire fighting facilities

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said on Wednesday fire safety techniques are dire need of Karachi city and “We need to enhance its capacity building.” He said federal and provincial governments should allocate funds to cater firefighting needs of the city.

Speaking at a 5th Fire & Safety Convention and Awards 2015 organized by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with Fire Protection Association of Pakistan (FPAP) here, he said Karachi is not a city but it is a mini-Pakistan where people from whole country come to find their livelihood. He said it is the responsibility of every citizen to protect each other and adopt safety measures.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nehal Hashmi said: “We will have to eliminate negative thinking.” He said we are divided into groups and no one thinks about the poor. He said unfortunately the fire fighters who are killed in fire incidents are ignored on one even condole with the bereaved families.

Municipal Commissioner Karachi Masood Alam said being responsible citizen it is necessary for them to be really responsible. He said there was dire need to aware people about firefighting strategies.

President NFEH Naeem Qureshi said fire incidents are rising in Karachi which warrants a joint action plan and strategy by all stakeholders. “Each shop, house and factory should have fire fighting system,” he stressed.

President KCCI Iftikhar Vohra said that city has witnessed very unfortunate fire incidents, claiming lives of hundreds of people and huge loss of properties like Bolton Market, Baldia Factory fire etc. “After Bolton Market fire, industrialists spared 1.4 billion rupees and gave this amount to government of Sindh for purchasing most modern fire tenders. However, 6 years have passed now and no progress is made in this regard. The government should purchase these equipments immediately,” he urged.

Fawad Barry, CEO Haseen Habib Trading said major reasons behind fire incidents are lack of preventive measures, poor quality equipments, poor quality of electric wiring, etc.

President FPAP Farhat Hussain said there should be fire protection systems in very building. “Industries are free here to take standard measures themselves which should be mandatory. Our neighbouring countries have laws and fire codes but unfortunately we don’t have.”

Award for adopting best fire safety measures were given to 30 organizations.

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