Mumbai Fire Fighting Team

Municipalities in India are bound by law of having a fire fighting team or brigade that will participate in any fire services in the region. Every city in the country has its own fire fighting team. All industrial companies also have their own fire fighting teams as well as every seaport and every airport. The main function of firefighting teams in India is to provide fire services and protection during emergencies. However, every fire fighting team or unit should provide consultancy in the implementation of fire protection as well as fire safety in high-rise buildings and other industrial buildings where high fire risk is present.

The Mumbai Fire Fighting Team or Unit is one of the most popular brigades in India. It is responsible in providing fire protection in Mumbai as well as respondents any forms of emergencies such as natural calamities, fallen trees, animal and bird rescues, rail and road accidents, gas leakages, drowning cases, and building collapses.

In India, a fire safety week is held from April 14 to 21 every year. This is to give honor to the 66 fire fighters who have lost their lives during the 1944 Bombay Explosion.

Apparently, on November 26, 2008, the Fire Fighting Team in Mumbai, India had faced its greatest challenge. This is when terrorists attacked multiple targets within the center of the south city. All highly visible targets have been attacked by the terrorists. The attacks took place in building where there are many foreign tourists staying especially British and American tourists. The buildings that were attacked by the terrorists include the Bade Miyan Gali, the Leopold Café, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of formerly known as Victoria Terminal, the Hotel Trident or formerly known as Obejoj, and the Taj Mahal Hotel.

The simultaneous attacks of the terrorists have a well-planned series. They have used C4 explosives, hand grenades, and automatic weapons with the intention of murdering many people as possible. Along with simultaneous attacks, terrorists have ignited fires within numerous structures and took hostages. The worst blaze of fire was said to occur in one of the places in the Taj Mahal Hotel. It was reported that upper floors of the hotel were all extremely damaged by flames.

Since the fire fighting team in Mumbai does not have enough interior standpipes or sprinkler systems, the team’s effort to suppress the fire is very limited from aerial devices of Bronto Skylift to a master stream attack. Their firefighting efforts were hindered by gunfire at fire fighters who have bravely remained at their posts both at the ground level and on top of the aerial platforms. Because of this, dozens of removals and rescues took place using additional aerial devices. One of the hundreds trapped victims in the terrorist attack was C. Richard Diffenderffer, an American businessperson. According to news reports, the man had recognized the firefighters of Mumbai, India as angels from heaven. He said that the firefighters had surrounded him for protection against gunfires.

After the terrorist attack events in November of 2008, the fire fighting team in Mumbai, India was revealed to have poor personal protective gear. Because of this, state-of-the-art gears were given to them as authorized by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Today, the fire fighters wear compressed cork helmets and wool tunics for protection. They were also given the top of the line lifesaving garments after 13 months.

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