State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman on Saturday said the recommendations of experts for fire safety are largely being ignored.
“Experts made some recommendations for fire safety after a major fire incident, but nobody is abiding by the proposals,” he said.Enamur made the remarks while speaking at a programme to raise awareness on earthquake and fire incidents, marking National Disaster Preparedness Day at Korail Slum of Mohakhali in the capital.
He also said the government is working to get a new building code passed.
“The government is not sitting idly. We are preparing a new building code and when the bill will be passed in the parliament, none can build and use buildings haphazardly,” said the state minister.
He informed that according to the new code, buildings must be resilient to the earthquake in Richter magnitude scale 7 and there must have mandatory occupancy certificate after proper inspection for using a building.
Speaking about the capacity of fire fighters, he said, “Now fire services have the capacity to fight fire up to 20th floor of a building with a ladder. We are planning to increase our capacity following the developed countries.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam said that the multi-storey buildings must have in-built fire fighting system and arrange fire drill inhabitants.Atiq also said, “We want to declare all the 20-storey buildings as compliance building to inspire others. As garment owners have maintained compliance of fire and electrical safety why other building owners cannot?”
He informed that DNCC will set up fire stations in 36 wards.
Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Md Sazzad Hussain and others spoke on the occasion.