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Kerala CM opens fire and rescue station at Technopark

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on August 12, 2011

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The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, on Thursday inaugurated the Fire and Rescue Services station set up at Technopark.

The 100th facility of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services Department, the station has been set up close to the Gayathri building inside Technopark campus.

FIREMEN TRAINING

The Industries Minister, Mr P. K. Kunhalikkutty, presided over the inaugural function organised at the Travancore Hall at Technopark.

In his address, the Chief Minister said that steps would be taken to get the Fire and Rescue Services personnel trained by the Fire Service Academy at Viyyur in Thrissur district.

He said that Rs 36.5 crore has been allocated for various projects this year to be taken up under the Fire and Rescue Services Department.

Although situated inside the Technopark campus, the station will attend to emergencies being reported from places that fall within a 10-km radius.

LAND ALLOCATED

The State Government has allocated 60 cents of land on the Technopark premises for constructing a new building for the fire and rescue station.

The land has been handed over and the department has already commenced steps for constructing the new building.

Meanwhile, the new station is equipped with two fire tenders and 18 personnel. It also features latest fire fighting and rescue equipment, including two water tenders, inflatable power lights, chain-saws and breathing apparatus.

Setting up the station has been a long-felt necessity and will take care of the numerous complaints being reported by professionals not just within the campus but just outside as well, according to Mr Mervin Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, Technopark.

BRAND VALUE

“This would also go to enhance the Technopark brand value. We also hope that the Home Department would complete the construction of the permanent fire station without delay,” he said.

Sixty cents of land valued at least Rs 4 crore at current market rate have already been made available for the purpose.

Mr Alexander also requested the Chief Minister to consider widening of the Chackai-Kazhakoottam road that cuts through Technopark.

Published on August 12, 2011

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