Fire and emergency services in Assam got a boost on May 31 when chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off 28 fire tending vehicles which will cater to various parts of the state.
Sonowal flagged off the vehicles, which include one educational van, one mini rescue tender, seven mini water tender pumps and 19 water tender pumps, at a programme held at the regional training centre of fire and emergency services department at Sila in North Guwahati.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said: “Fire and emergency services department is the friend in need of the public. This department has been saving the people of the state from loss of lives and property during emergency situations. The employees of the department must fulfil their duty while staying ever prepared to render their services at all times of crisis and by doing that, the department would be able to become the most trusted organisation of the public. There is no room for negligence in the department as vigour, swiftness, dedication, commitment are its essential traits.”
Saying that public perception about police has changed for better under the present government due to the improved service delivery, the chief minister stated that now citizens freely go to police stations in their times of need as registration of cases has increased which was not the situation earlier. “This trend augurs well for strengthening democratic values of the society,” he said.
Referring to the exemplary services provided by the State Disaster Response Forces and National Disaster Response Forces during the times of flood last year, the chief minister urged the staffs and officials to keep rendering their services to the people in the best possible manner as their jobs allow them to offer services to people when they are in the weakest and vulnerable situations.
Speaking on the occasion, minister of state for revenue and disaster management Bhabesh Kalita said that under the leadership of the chief minister the fire and emergency services department has got a new direction and he pitched for modernisation of the department by adopting latest technology.
Assam Police DG Kuladhar Saikia and director of fire and emergency services department Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta also spoke in the programme.