Mumbai: Fire brigade will soon add bikes to its fleet to reach congested areas on time

Mumbai Fire Brigade is all set to get fire bikes to ensure quick response and easy access in congested areas of the city. To begin with, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will procure 24 fire bikes that will be inducted into the fire brigade̵7;s fleet.

The Rs 3.15 crore proposal, which includes procurement, assembly, maintenance and operation of fire bikes for the next five years, will be placed before the BMC’s standing committee for approval on Wednesday.

The bike will cost Rs 2.76 crore, while the fire department will spend Rs 28.32 lakh on service and maintenance for five years. Once the work order is issued, the contractor finalized for the project will have to supply the bikes to the force within two months. Two more months will be given to assemble the bikes.

“Fire bikes will prove to be important as they can help in quick response in case of fire. In Mumbai, firefighters often face delays due to traffic and narrow lanes when an incident is reported from slum or chawl areas. We will deploy these fire bikes at fire stations that cover densely populated areas. The first few minutes of a fire are very important because if timely action is taken then it can be prevented from spreading further,” said a senior fire brigade official.

These bikes will be fitted with fire tanks, water pipes, hose reels and fire pumps. These fire engines can be pressed into action immediately before fire brigade and water tankers reach the spot, the official said.

According to officials, there are currently 35 fire stations and 18 mini fire stations under six fire stations in Mumbai. He said that there are more than 258 fire engines like fire brigade vehicles, jumbo water tankers and ladder vans with these centres.

Officials said the tenders for the fire bikes were first floated in January 2020. However, the fire brigade has since had to extend the deadline 13 times as the outbreak spread. COVID-19 They delayed the whole process, he said. Aag Bhai