Scorching heat in Delhi, Fire Service received 220 calls in a day, most cases during Diwali

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In comparison, the highest number of calls received in a single day last year was 164 on May 27. The weather conditions have put pressure on the city’s fire services, as they work tirelessly to deal with the increasing number of emergencies.

Delhi was hit by a severe heat wave on Wednesday. During this time, the temperature in Delhi reached 52.9 degrees Celsius. Delhi Fire Department Director Atul Garg said that due to the scorching heat, the fire department received 220 calls of fire in a day. Except for Diwali day, this is the highest number of calls so far.

The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) is receiving over 200 fire-related calls daily, the highest number of such calls in the past decade. Data accessed by The Times of India shows that in the past three days, when temperatures remained exceptionally high, the department received 214, 238 and 261 calls, respectively. On May 19 and 20, the department handled 202 and 225 calls. In comparison, the highest number of calls received in a single day last year was 164 on May 27. The weather conditions have put pressure on the city’s fire services, as they are working tirelessly to deal with the increasing number of emergencies.

Steps taken by Delhi Fire Services

  • DFS has expanded its fleet of firefighting robots.
  • It has also purchased smoke exhausters to clear smoke.
  • 26 pick-up vans have been added to enhance ease in the narrow streets.
  • Apart from the department’s own water units, firefighters also fetch water from borewells, ponds and metro stations.

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