With the present government continuous sincere efforts, the Fire Service and Civil Defence on Sunday received two 68-metre Turntable Ladders to extinguish fire up to 24-storey buildings.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has formally inaugurated the power-operated extending ladders at the Fire Service Headquarters on Sunday morning.
After inaugurating the fire engines, the minister said a total of five tallest ladders will add to the fire service, of which two have already added and the remaining three will be added soon to its fleet.
“The new ladders of the fire service will be used to operate fire and rescue activities from the 24-stoery buildings. Through this, the government has strengthened the capacity of the fire service department,” he said.
During the devastating fire at Bashundhara Shopping Mall in 2009, the fire service and civil defence had only a ladder which could go only 9-storey building for rescue operation, Kamal said.
“Now we have brought ladder that would be able to fight up to 24-storey buildings, today, with the addition of the 68-metre-high ladders to the fire service fleet, their operational capacity has been expanded up to 24 floors," he said.