A unit of the fire station has been opened to deal with the emergency needs of citizens, said B N Manjunath, Regional Fire Brigade Officer, Bangalore East Zone.
He spoke addressing the traditional inaugural ceremony of the fire brigade at the K C Reddy Government First Grade College in town recently.
"A new vehicle will be provided to the branch two months later. As many as 14 staff members, including the station officer and assistant station officer, will reside at the quarters to ensure they are ready for an emergency at any time," said the officer.
The station is built at a cost of Rs 2 crore 28 lakh, which includes officers room, a training room, vehicle station and toilets, in the ground floor. First floor accommodates a grocery room and rest room. A water tank with 50,000 litre storage capacity also has been built, said Siddaraju, Engineer at Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation Limited.
Though Bangarpet is a taluk centre, it lacked a fire station unit. At last due to political pressures, approval was given for a fire brigade in the taluk, two years ago. Though the work was completed within months, there was not sufficient water make the branch operational.
In times of fire accidents, people were forced to inform fire station branch located in kolar (20 km) or Kolar Gold Fields (15 km).
There were at least five incidents of fire mishap in and around Bangarpet city within a month.
Inauguration of the fire brigade branch at this time has made people happy.
As the poll code is in effect, political leaders did not participate and the fire station unit was inaugurated in a simple manner. People can contact 08153-257101 in emergency.
District Fire Brigade officer H L Prakash, KGF fire brigade officer Raghavendra, Station officer Devaraj and others were present.