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Mumbai Fire Brigade buys Rs 7.5-cr Hazmat truck to tackle chemical disasters

Following a massive fire at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited plant in Chembur in August in which 45 workers were injured, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has finally procured a new Hazmat truck, which will help fire-fighters battle blazes which involve chemicals and other hazardous substances. The Hazmat truck, also known as a hazardous material apparatus vehicle, has varied equipment to handle specific chemical and radiological disasters. It was procured from Slovenia for Rs 7.5 crore. Source: HT

Mumbaiites may be able to alert fire brigade through app

If all goes according to plan, citizens may soon be able to alert the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) about a disaster through an android mobile application. An officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade said, “The mobile application plan is in its primary stages. The fire brigade has conceptualised it and the design will be ready within a fortnight.” source: HT

Illegal canteen led to hospital blaze in Mumbai, says Fire Brigade

According to investigations conducted by the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB), the blaze at Sargam Housing Society in Tilak Nagar, which killed five people, was caused by an electric spark and the Employees State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) Kamgar Hospital, where 11 people died in a fire, had an illegal canteen that was a fire hazard. Both incidents took place in December 2018 and the probe reports were submitted to the chief fire officer on Monday. Source: HT

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