10 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Fire Services took extensive steps to tackle the impact of cyclonic storm Bulbul equipped with its experience in dealing with disasters. DG Police and DG Fire Services, BK Sharma had instructed field level and Fire Station officers to be on high alert to deal with any eventuality in the aftermath of the cyclone.
Rescue and restoration work has been undertaken in the cyclone-affected districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, and Balasore. All officers in charge of fire stations were instructed to remain alert to tackle the impending cyclonic storm effectively.
Fire personnel of those districts which were not affected were deployed to the affected districts. Accordingly, more than 868 fire service personnel comprising 18 specialised teams and 66 rescue teams were deployed to these vulnerable districts.
Equipment like 100 power cutters, 168 tower lights, 63 powerboat units, and 135 dewatering pumps were mobilised to the affected districts for rescue, relief and restoration work. Six senior officers have been deputed to these respective districts to remain in-charge and co-ordinate with collectors and police administration for timely execution of rescue and relief operations.
A control room was made operational round the clock at the Cuttack under the charge of a senior officer to monitor rescue operations and mobilisations of men and equipment. 60 personnel equipped with adequate rescue gears have been kept at standby for reinforcement as and when necessary.
"The Odisha Fire personnel have cut-down more than 500 uprooted trees and cleared 76 road blockages to facilitate normal transport and communication within 24 hours. A pregnant woman in Rajakanika area of the Kendrapara district has been rescued by the fire service team and shifted immediately to the nearest hospital for treatment," a senior official said.