Late communication led to more casualties: DG, Fire Service

Bhubaneswar: Director General of Fire Service Binoy Behera on Friday stated that had the information regarding fire at SUM Hospital on October 17 been communicated to the control room little earlier, more lives could have been saved.

Addressing newsmen after attending a high level meet with officials Behera confirmed that the department received the first call about the mishap some 45 minutes after the incident took place.

“In every accident like this the first one hour is very crucial. On that day we got the first phone call almost 45 minutes after the fire broke out. We could have saved more lives had we been informed little earlier,” Behera stated.

The official said that the call was made by an attendant of a patient and not by any hospital staff, who should be more alert in such type of incidents.

Behera lamented that most health care units in the State are operating without proper installation of fire fighting equipments. He has requested the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) to provide details about the hospitals running without fire safety certificates in the State to deal with such exigencies.

“We have asked the DMET for a detailed report on the status of installation of fire safety machineries in all the health care units in the State,” Behera mentioned.