Fire Dept will probe official's negligence

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Fire Dept will probe official's negligence

An inquiry is likely to be initiated by the Delhi Fire Department after it was revealed that one of its officials was marked 'absent' in its occurence book.

An inquiry is likely to be initiated by the Delhi Fire Department after it was revealed that one of its officials was marked absent' in its occurence book.

A call of fire in a factory at Mundka's Swarna Park was reported on Sunday.

The division's assistant fire officer allegedly refused to attend the call and did not visit the spot in Mundka.

The Delhi Fire Service's occurrence book, which is used to keep the department's official record, mentions that the Suneel Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer , informed that AK Sharma, the ADO, refused to go to the spot at which the fire was reported. Choudhary then marked him absent in the book.

The incident happened on Sunday. A report has been submitted to the director now. It will be decided by the director. It is a serious matter as an officer refused to attend the fire, Choudhary said.

Sharma reported the fire. He had gone there as well but he was not the first officer to respond to the call. He was part of an additional man power team. We are looking into the matter regarding his absent report which is mentioned in occurrence book, Vipin Kantal, Fire Chief, said.

Sharma, the additional divisional officer said, I did not refuse to go to the spot. According to the standard operating procedure, whenever an assistant divisional rank officer recieves a call, the official should make a 4 arrangement' (minimum four fire tenders along with additional divisional fire officer). I asked for the manpower and the tenders as per the SOP but the control room incharge denied to do the same. I went to the spot later. When one of my senior called me and told me to make the 6 arrangement', I did that.

Former Delhi fire director GC Mishra said, The control room never waits for field instructions and even a small fire needs an officer for supervision. However, that does not mean that the officer can deny to go without arrangement.