More than US$48 million spent on fire prevention, rescue

VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City has injected roughly US$48.4 million in the past two years to carry out 36 projects in fire prevention and control and rescue as well as provide equipment.

The figure was revealed at a conference hosted by the municipal Party Committee on September 1 to review two years of implementing the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat  and municipal Party Standing Committee’s Directives on enhancing leadership in fire prevention, control and rescue.

Lieutenant General Bui Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Public Security highlighted HCM City as a leading locality in the country in strengthening the leadership and direction on fire prevention, control and rescue.

However, he pointed out difficulties in these activities as many illegally expanded houses in inner streets have narrowed the space for rescue work, while water for fire rescue has yet to access many small valleys where there is high risk of fire.

In addition, high-rise and super-high buildings have not yet equipped with fire rescue helicopters, causing difficulties in rescue work in case of fire, he noted.

Tat Thanh Cang, Vice Standing Secretary of the city Party Committee asked the city’s Fire Rescue Police to team up with relevant agencies to tighten management and evacuate production facilities with high risk of fire out of residential areas, while popularizing escape methods in case of accident.

In the past two years, 3,048 fire incidents were reported in the city, killing 32 and injuring 87 others, with total property loss of  approximately VND375 billion.

Local fire rescue force stamped out 841 cases and made 445 rescues, saving 136 people.