Mumbai: Almost a year and a half after the fire at Gokul Niwas, Kalbadevi, where four senior fire brigade officers including Chief Fire Officer Sunil Nesrikar lost their lives in the line of duty, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has revamped the Fire Brigade’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

The Kalbadevi fire incident which occurred on March 9 last year was considered one of the most serious fire calls in the history of the brigade.

This incident triggered the MCGM to revamp its SOP for more coordinated response to any emergency. Therefore, a  committee was set up to study, analyse and recommend changes required in various parameters to enhance the delivery levels of the Mumbai Fire Brigade and in the committee report present SOP of Mumbai Fire Brigade required to be reviewed was one of the key recommendation to meet the future challenges.

The revised SOP is simplified and is categorized as per the requirement of any emergency including fire and other calls. For ease of resource management required for effective operations all Emergency calls are categorized as Level I, II, III and IV Brigade.

The Resource Mobilization requirement is depending upon the seriousness of the incident; however, the first responding officer will decide the Level of emergency.

Chief fire officer of the MCGM, P S Rahangdale said, “In order to fight every challenge that we go through every day, we have revamped our SOP by categorizing all the fire calls. The categorization of calls will be based on the seriousness for the incident. Similarly, calls other than fire call, like House calls, rescue services calls have been categorized in a different section.”

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