The government is likely to introduce specialised fire safety units to strengthen the fire safety measures at large the power and energy infrastructures.
“We will create special safety units, each comprising 40-50 members,” Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan told the daily sun on Wednesday. The regular fire safety unit has only 15-20 members each.
“The specialised fire safety units will be equipped with remote-controlled fire safety vehicles and equipment. The Fire Services Department will require over Tk 50 crore for each of the specialised fire safety units,” the Fire Service DG said.
The home ministry will place a special project to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) soon for strengthening the safety measures for the 1200MW Matarbari coal-fired power project, he informed.
The fire service department had to respond to a series of incidents at BPC and several other power establishments, he said, adding “So we have proposed installing specialised fire safety units for every large, energy and garment units.”
He said the Fire Service has proposed to install separate units for at least 50 garment factories in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Referring to the catastrophic Rana Plaza and Taznin Fashion disasters, the Fire Service DG said this is an urgent need as the investors want the security of their business establishments.
In a recent meeting at Prime Minister’s Office, the Fire Service chief informed that the government has taken steps to introduce specialised teams to effectively respond to fire incidents and other disasters at mega power and energy infrastructure.
The Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defence will also take initiative for procuring fire safety equipment for large power and energy projects.
“We have taken fire safety measures through the inbuilt EPC contract,” Coal Power Generation Company of Bangladesh Managing Director Md Abul Quasem told daily sun.
He also said the issue of introducing specialised security force for power and energy sector has been discussed in different inter-ministerial meetings.
The government is also implementing a series of power hubs at Moheskhali and Paira, an official of power division said.Besides, projects are underway for at least four LNG terminals and a series of mega pipeline projects.
So the government will require special fire safety and disaster management teams to tackle any potential disasters in these establishments, he added.
In an inter-ministerial meeting, Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury earlier asked the authorities concerned to prepare an evaluation report on fire safety and other risks at the mega power and energy establishments.