As the world-famous Ratha Yatra is on July 1, Odisha Fire Service has also ready to meet all the eventualities. They have mobilized one hydraulic platform, eight motor fire engines, eight water tanker, 15 quick response units, one rescue tender, one crane, three ambulances, 10 pumps for discharging water, five power boats, five underwater diving suits for effective fire protection and rescue duty during Srigundicha and Bahuda Yatra. DGP of Fire Service Santosh Kumar Upadhyay said this on Wednesday. He reviewed all the essential arrangements.
Upadhyay said, “Three fire fighting teams well equipped with fire extinguishers will be deployed to avoid possible fire mishaps during Trinity’s sojourn Friday. This year, we have engaged more number of fire services personnel keeping inflow of lakh of devotees in mind. As many as 39 fire vehicles including rescue vans and vans meant for sprinkling water to devotees will be deployed as part of measures to make the annual carnival hassle free.”
He also said that 90 life guards and 300 local lifeguards have been deployed for the smooth conduction of the annual extravaganza. Also, 15 quick response teams and six water tanks will be in place to deal with sunstroke related cases.
“As many as 10 fire pumps will be there at Bada Danda to discharge water. A special rescue team will be engaged by Puri Fire Services department for round the clock service to the needy”, he added.