Port Blair, April 13: Together with the rest of the country, the A&N Police Fire Service is observing the Fire Service Week from 14th to 20th April this year. The Theme for this year is“Fire loss is National Loss – Let us adopt Fire Safety Measures” The Fire Service Week is organized every year in memory of a major fire incident that occurred on 14th April 1944, at “Victoria Harbour” in Mumbai, in which 336 persons died and 1040 were injured. Out of 336 who died, 68 were Officers and Jawans of Mumbai Fire Brigade. The tragedy occurred when a ship namely “SS FORT STRIKINE” loaded with explosive materials exploded while berthing at Jetty causing fire in several other vessels berthed in the wharf. To commemorate the act of bravery of the officers and men of Mumbai Fire Brigade who lost their lives during the fire fighting operation, April 14th is celebrated as Fire Service Day.
The week long programme will start with a Commemoration Day Parade on 14th April, followed by publicity & educational campaigns through banners, educational pamphlets, short video screening, Lectures and Demonstrations at various Institutions including Village Community Centres, Schools etc. The programme also includes inspection of industrial premises, hospitals, hotels and resorts, in order to make them aware of fire safety issues & requirements.
The main function on the Fire Service Day will be held on 14/04/2018 at 0700 hrs at Fire Service HQ Port Blair. Two minutes silence will be observed to pay homage to those Fire Service personnel who laid down their lives for ensuring fire safety of our countrymen all over the nation. Soon after the parade, Fleet March of Fire Vehicles shall be taken out in and around Port Blair town. Similar programme are also being organised in Fire Stations located in far flung Islands.
The A & N Police Fire Service is committed to generate public awareness about Fire Prevention & Control by conducting special campaigns in densely populated areas, government buildings, industrial establishments, hospitals, hotels and resorts during the Fire Service Week.