Administrative Officer, State Training
Fire Service Department in Tamil Nadu organized in
the year 1941 i.e during war period in the name of Air Raid Precaution (A R P).
At that time Madras State consists, the present Tamilnadu, Andhra, Malabar ( now
in Kerala) and South Kanara District (now in Karnataka). There were three
Telephone Operators (Ministerial cadre) in the
A R P on duty round the clock to receive and communicate messages in each
units. All important towns were having this A.R.P controls and the District
Collectors were the A.R.P Controller in each District. After the War,
Government have abolished A.R.P and retained Fire fighting squad in the name of
Madras Fire Service in all important towns. Here also the post of three
Telephone Operators were continued.
In the meanwhile one Mr.
Toser ( a Fire Officer from Burmah Fire Brigade ) came to India as an evacue.
The Government entrusted him to organise Fire Service in Madras State. He
became the Director of Fire Service and under him Fire Officers from London Fire
Brigade came to India on deputation. During this period also each Fire
Station was having three Telephone Operators on 8 hours shift.
There was separate
office for the Director of Fire Service (still continuing) and separate Offices
for Chief Regional Fire Officers in Regions. One Under Secretary from
Secretariat (N.Jayaram) was posted as P.A to Director of Fire Service. He has
afterwords gone back to secretariat and in his place a superintendent was
sanctioned. A technical P.A. (D.F.S) was also sanctioned.
numbers of all Fire stations were 99. (It may please be recalled that the Burmah
Fire Brigade was under Burman Municipality. There Mr Toser also have to attend
all council meetings and also has to answer any questions raised by the
Councillors relating to Fire Brigade. It may be the reasons that he has
organised fire service under State Govt. in Madras state to avoid this
complications). After war Mr.Toser repatriated back to Burmah Fire Brigade and
Mr.Hadingnam became the Director of Fire Service. The same set up continued.
There was no separate office for Disrict Officers who were then drawing
officers. He was maintaining with one Telephone Operator of head quarters fire
The Aggrement of
European Officers completed on 30.9.49. The Government ordered Inspector
General of Police to took charge and relieve European Officers.
Mr.J.Devasahayam, I.G. has taken over charge. From 1.10.49 onwards all drawing
powers vested to Police Officers. Divisional Fire Office’s to look after
technical matters and conduct inspections etc. During this period also 3
Telephone Operators continued at Fire stations. The post one L.D.C were
sanctioned to Police Offices to attend works relating to Fire Service.
During the year 1954
the Government have reduced the post of Telephone Operators of each Fire
stations from 3 to two and night, one L/F was ordered to attend Telephone duty
. Thereby 61 Telephone Operators ousted out from service. They were
subsequently re-enlisted in future vacancies and condoned their previous
service. Andhra Pradesh was separated at this time.
From 1.10.59 onwards
further reorganisation took place and the powers vested to Police Officers have
been delegated to Divisional Fire Officers and other corresponding ranks.
During this period the post of 2 Telephone Operators from each fire station has
been abolished and in it’s place one L.D.C post has been sanctioned to each fire
station. Junior most L.D.Cs were transferred to other departments.
Here they got
sanctioned 2 posts of Chief Fire Officers with head quarters at Madurai and
Chennai. They also got sanctioned one U.D.C, 2 L.D.C and one Typist to each
Regional Office. For 2 or 3 Revenue Districts, One Divisional Officer has been
sanctioned. Each Divisional Fire Office has been sanctioned One U.D.C, 1 L.D.C
and One Typist.
There were 2 Fire
Controls in the state, One at Vizag and the other at Chennai. These Fire
controls were manned by Telephone Operators supervised by Head Operators.
During the year somewhere in 1947 the Fire control at Vizag was abolished. On a
representation from those ousted staff, they were absorbed in the Telephone
Fire Control manned
by the the Telephone Operators at Madras were replaced by uniformed personnel
headed by Station Officers.’
During the year 1970
a further reorganisation took place. Here the post of L D C sanctioned to all
Fire stations have been abolished and in this place a station writer (Fireman)
have been sanctioned. The L D Cs of all fire stations have been posted to
Divisional Officers to strengthen the administrative set up at Divisional
level. All bills relating to fire stations have been ordered to prepare at the
respective Divisional Offices. The staff sanctioned were quite insufficient to
prepare all bills and to maintain the respective registers etc. So there were
occassions that due to delay in payment of telephone bills, some telephone lines
Gradually, a system of utilising the services of a Station writer was started in
the Divisional Offices.
Now, the Department is on the verge of computerisation. Already, computers have
been provided to the Divisional Offices, and the networking of the Directorate
is on the anvil.
this juncture it is the duty of all the ministerial staff to rise up to our
role, and bring glory to our department. We must be thoroughly familiar with the
rules and procedures. We must work to maintain the high traditions of our
department and further strengthen them.