Kohima, April 25: Advisor for Fire & Emergency Services, SIRD and Relief & Rehabilitation Pohwang Konyak today inaugurated the new Directorate building of Nagaland Fire & Emergency Services at New Capital Complex, below NBCC Convention Centre here.
In his address, Pohwang said that the Nagaland Fire & Emergency Services was earlier under the Police department but considering the technical professionalism it bifurcated from Police Department to a separate Directorate in 1990 with seven fire stations across the State.
Commenting on having a new directorate building, he said “This is a historic and great achievement for the department to have a permanent directorate with modern facilities. This is historic because the dream to have a permanent directorate is fulfilled after 30 years.”
He thanked all who contributed for the development of this directorate building.
Saying that as per National Standard, Nagaland should have 48 Fire Stations but till 2010 Nagaland has only 8 Fire Stations, he said from 2011 to 2022, the department has constructed 10 fire stations.
At present, there are 18 Fire Stations including “Central Workshop-cum-Garage” and Directorate building, he said, while announcing that within this year, the department will be inaugurating another three fire stations.
Konyak also expressed hope that the department’s pursuit for setting up of a Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute will be a reality soon.
Advisor for Urban Development Advisor and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Kire extended best wishes to the department and urged them to carry forward their best performance in the best interest of the people.
Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) I. Meyionen hoped that through this new directorate building, the employees of the directorate would work with new zeal and commitment for the interest of the people.
Touching on building by-laws, he said that once it is fully operational, the people would approach the department for issue of fire safety measures.
In this, he said that fire & emergency services have a greater role to play.
Inspector General of Fire & Emergency Services, Neilasa Sopfü said that realizing the importance of Fire & Emergency Services, the government has started activating and initiating various fire and emergency services in terms of prevention and control measures since 2010.
The directorate building was designed by the Office of the Superintending Engineer, Police Engineering Project, Kohima as a 3-Storied building with a total Project Cost of Rs.1085.90 lakhs.
The project cost is inclusive of civil works of the building, its ancillary works, site protection. The Project was funded under a negotiated loan with HUDCO as its funding Agency.
The programme was followed by demonstration on fire safety measures led by Kenny Khing, Inspector of Fire & Emergency Services, Nagaland.
(Page News Service)