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27 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Fire and Disaster Response Academy (OFDRA) here in the State’s capital city not only got a newly-constructed Conference Hall but also organized a one-day conference of Senior Fire Officers of the State in it.

Bothe the newly constructed Conference Hall and the one-day Conference were inaugurated by Odisha Fire Services, Home Gurads & Civil Defence DG B.K. Sharma.

Around 110 Fire personnel from all over the State along with senior officers of the Fire Directorate attended.

The conference basically intended to sensitise senior Fire officers of the State about various provisions of Odisha Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Rules, 2017 which have come into force on 4th October, 2017.

As per a press note, Odisha is one of the States in the country which not only has a specific legislation to deal with fire safety, but has also formulated comprehensive Rules to ensure prevention of fire mishaps. The Rules specify different classes of premises or buildings, which are likely to have risk to fire.

Further, the Rules provide the necessity of obtaining Fire Safety Certificate in respect of permanent buildings as well as temporary structures. The Rules also specify the procedure to obtain such Fire Safety Certificates subsequent to inspection of the premises by Fire Officers.

The conference intended to familiarize senior Fire officials about such provisions and procedures contained in the Rules. The conference also aimed to streamline the system of issuance of Fire Safety Certificates to the convenience of members of general public without compromising the indispensability of adequate fire safety measures on the part of owners of buildings and premises.

The conference also dealt with various administrative issues like vacancies, position of vehicles and equipments, etc in order to make fire stations an effective institution not only of fire safety but also of disaster preparedness. The conference also deliberated about various training necessity of Fire personnel with a view to their skill upgradation.

Major decisions of the conference shall be communicated to the Government for consideration and implementation, stated the press note.

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BK Sharma, DG, Fire Services, Odisha

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