n a heart wrenching incident which happened a few days ago fifteen houses got burnt in north Kashmir’s Baramulla. Such heart rendering incidents keep on happening. Before this, we have had more in past few weeks this year, and each time we saw how people were left shelterless. No one can guarantee even with the best safeguard mechanism a total immunity from such incidents it remains a matter of great debate whether the first responders in the fire service department could have given a speedy response. From north to south, Kashmir is witnessing a surge in fire incidents, resulting in damage to property worth millions.
It is a far cry from the first responders of some of the Indian metropolitan cities which act swiftly under those cases. To formulate a concrete policy about congested areas falling under such areas that are vulnerable to losses during fire incidents, there is a need to draft a tangible policy. One wonders how a thoroughly professional force like Jammu & Kashmir fire service department firemen take so long to scramble when it is their foremost duty to do so within a minute or so. One cannot overlook the fact that the sights of the incident sometimes are in a congested area where reaching is a feasibility question. The department has the requisite men and machinery to that end. What can then explain the reason to not reach the places of fire incidents on time? Even, people get very anxious when a minor fire incident is taking place and the Fire and Emergency Services Department must organize the awareness program in this regard so that such incidents can be averted. We hope that such incidents do not happen and also we hope Jammu and Kashmir Fire Services department would be able to scramble men and machinery on time