Fourteen new fire stations will soon be established in Karachi under a public-private partnership, Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmed said Monday.
Last week, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation received 48 fire-fighting tenders and two water bows from the center. KMC distributes 24 fire tenders in different industrial zones.
“The remaining 24 fire bows and two bows are included in the KMC fire fighting fleet,” said Ahmed.
The KMC Fire Department now has 46 fire bows, three water bows and one snorkel in its fleet, according to administrators. It has 24 fire stations.
KMC awarded two fire tenders each to the Korangi Trade & Industry Association, North Karachi Industry & Trade Association, Federal Area B Trade & Industry Association, Sindh Industrial Trade Area, SITE Superhighway, Landhi Trade & Industry Association, Export Processing Zone Authority and Association Bin Qasim Trade & Industry.
Two fire tenders were awarded to Saylani Welfare Trust and Pakistan Rangers. Individual fire tenders were submitted to the Korangi Creek Industrial Park, Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and Bin Qasim Industrial Park.
KMC drivers and staff were dispatched for this well-equipped fire brigade tender, said Ahmed. Industrial estates are responsible for keeping these fire tenders functioning, he said.
The induction of new fire tenders will reduce response times in the event of a fire incident, added the Karachi administrator.