CMWSSB, Chennai

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 TNPCB, Chennai

 TNSCB, Chennai



Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services and the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited have jointly introduced a scheme to train the women under the various Women Self Help Groups in the area of Fire Prevention and Propagation of the messages of safe-fire- practices.  There are 49,381 Women Self Help Groups in the Rural Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies covering 8,67,443 women and 4,019 Self Help Groups in Town Panchayats and Municipalities covering 66,451 women.  This makes a sum total of 53,400 Self Help Groups and 9,33,894 women.  This is a very sizeable number and they constitute a ready target group of women also who can easily understand the messages on Fire Safety and Safe Fire Practices regarding fire.  It will be to their own benefit if they are exposed to some elementary training in fire fighting and fire safety, besides having a multiplier effect if they in turn propagate the same to others.

Therefore in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd., the scheme of educating the women in Self Help Groups have already begun and it is hoped that very soon this noble scheme will achieve the desired results, particularly for women in homes and slums, who are exposed to a very high risk in this regard.

Based on this experience, it is also proposed to interact with other Women Self Help Groups organised by Non Departmental Organisations, so as to increase the impact and achieve the desired results.



Interaction with CMWSSB, ChennaiWater is a very important raw material to putout fire.  It is the main fire extinguishing agent and can be used to put out 90% of the fires and fire accidents, that take place all over the world.  Like bullets are to Police Forces and the Army, water is to Fire Service. It is very essential to have continuous supply of water for effective fire fighting.  It is not possible to fight fire with the water that is available in Fire Tenders alone.  Fires today are of such a huge magnitude that, continuous supply of water for some hours and sometimes for even days together is needed to deal with them and put out the fires.

Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services therefore approached the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Metro Water) to request them to send their Water Lorries to the scenes of fire so that fire fighting is a continuous process and there is no shortage of water. Fire Tenders are continuously filled up with water from the Metro Water Lorries and there is no break in the fire fighting operations.

Metro Water readily agreed to the same. It sends about 10 to 20 Water Lorries on an average to the scenes of fire whenever a message is received from the Fire Control.  A link between the Fire Service Control and the wireless network of the Metro Water has been established, so that the Fire Control can directly contact the filling points of the Metro Water and see that adequate number of Water Lorries are turned out to assist in Fire Fighting Operations.



Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services acts in close co-ordination with Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, particularly in the area of Fire Prevention.  The Community Development Wing of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board takes up propagation of Fire Safety measures in the slums with the help of Non Governmental Organisations with whom the Board has close links.  During fire prone seasons like Summer, Deepavali, etc. these organisations with the help of the Slum Clearance Board and the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services take up propaganda activities in slums and teach the inmates about the tips on fire safety so that the fire accidents do not take place.

Government of Tamil Nadu, through the Slum Clearance Board, also replaces the huts in the slums with fire proof dwellings.  A well planned scheme is in operation and execution by the Slum Clearance Board in this regard.

With more and more huts getting replaced with fire proof dwellings, it is hoped that fire accidents in slums and hutment areas can be reduced substantially, if not eliminated altogether.

Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has provided sheds to house 18 outposts that have been opened by Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services in the slums which have proved to be very beneficial



The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services acts in close co-ordination and in tandem with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.  Fire and other accidents results in pollution. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board undertook intensive propaganda activity particularly during festivities such as Deepavali, Karthigai, Bhogi, Christmas, New Year etc., when firecrackers are used during the celebrations.  Thanks to the intensive propaganda activities taken in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, these festivities were concluded without major fire accidents. Pollution was also comparatively less.  It will be the endeavor of the Fire Service to involve itself more with the activities of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, so as to achieve the desired results.