Bengaluru becomes second city in India to have 90-metre aerial ladder platform for fire services


After Mumbai, Bengaluru on Thursday became the second city in the country to have a 90-metre aerial ladder platform system for Fire and Emergency Services, with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai dedicating it to the city.

Calling it the “biggest strength” for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Chief Minister said the 90-metre aerial ladder platform is an essential facility and it will work as a “real friend in need”.

Highlighting the importance of fire safety and its rules, he said it was essential for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to reach high-rise buildings during an emergency.

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“The capacity and capability to save lives of people in fire mishaps and to check fire accidents have increased…in the whole country, except Mumbai, only Bengaluru has a 90 metre aerial ladder platform to rescue people who are stuck in high-rise buildings during the fire mishaps,” he added.

According to an official release, efforts were made to procure this aerial ladder platform in the last two-and-a-half-years and it was when Bommai was the Home Minister that the grants were released, but it got delayed Covid-19 and production problems.

The new ladder will be put to use in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, it said.

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