State Fire & Emergency Services: Media one sided

Dimapur, February 13 (MExN): Reacting to criticism received after the recent fire that broke out at Chief Minister’s official residence at Kohima, the Fire & Emergency Services Department while appreciating the constructive criticism by the press, requested that in future, the media will not only be one-sided but also count the fire personnel and enquire about their response before going for publication, when such incident occurs.  
“It is expected that the media will keep on playing a constructive criticism and motivation toward the Fire & Emergency Services so that the concerned department will improve and serve the public better in   the days to come,” stated a press note issued by Neilasa Sopfii, S.P (F& ES) Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services, Nagaland.
The note also informed that normally fire tanker, which are in use in Nagaland have a capacity of 4000 litres (approximate) so even if it is fully loaded with water, it is emptied within five minutes when all three outlets (in Tanker) are used during fire fighting, which creates the “impression” to the public that the tank is empty or not fully filled with water. Further, even if the fire personnel gets information regarding fire break out in time, the fire personnel sometimes cannot reach the fire location in time, due to traffic congestion and narrow passage (which have been created by rapid unplanned
Meanwhile, the Fire & Emergency Services suggested for installation of fire alarm system in important institutions, installation of fire extinguisher, know-how to handle it and periodical check-up regarding its validity. It also recommended giving ways to firemen when fire siren is heard, to avoid commanding the fire personnel who are fighting the fire, and let the fire personnel act freely and also to give correct information regarding the fire location to fire personnel.