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Dear all, Can any one share Fire Day History in hindi with me,i need it to convey it to my contractor workforce. Regards, Hansa Vyas
Dear all,


The Fire Service Week is observed nation wide in remembrance of the lives lost in the devastating fire and explosion which occurred on 14th April, 1944 at the Victoria Dock of Bombay Port.

The objective of the event is that all precautions should be taken to ensure that fires do not take place so that life and property are protected by enhancing awareness on fire safety and mobilising action amongst employees, their families and public.

National Safety Council, Karnataka Chapter has been promoting the observance of Fire Service Week to help you organize the Fire Service Week effectively every year in a befitting manner.

The Bombay Explosion (or Bombay Docks Explosion) occurred on 14 April 1944, in the Victoria Dock of Bombay (now Mumbai) when the SS Fort Stikine carrying a mixed cargo of cotton bales, gold, ammunition including around 1,400 tons of explosive caught fire and was destroyed in two giant blasts, scattering debris, sinking surrounding ships and killing around 800 people.IncidentThe explosion

In the mid-afternoon around 14.00, the crew were alerted to a fire onboard. Burning somewhere in the No. 2 hold, the crew, dockside fire teams and fireboats were unable to extinguish the conflagration, despite pumping over 900 tons of water into the ship, or find the source due to the dense smoke.

At 15:50 the order to abandon ship was given, and sixteen minutes later there was a great explosion, cutting the ship in two and breaking windows over 12 km away. The two explosions were powerful enough to be recorded by seismographs at the Colaba Observatory in the city. Around two square miles were ablaze in an 800-metre arc around the ship, eleven neighbouring vessels were sunk or sinking, and the emergency personnel at the site suffered heavy losses. Attempts to fight the fire were dealt a further blow when a second explosion from the ship swept the area at 16:34.

Aftermath Aftermath of the explosion at the harbour

A piece of propeller that landed in St. Xaviers High School, some three kilometres from the docks.

It took three days to bring the fire under control, and later 8,000 men toiled for seven months to remove around 500,000 tons of debris and bring the docks back into action. The official death toll was 740, including 476 military personnel, with around 1,800 people injured; unofficial tallies run much higher. In total, twenty-seven other vessels were sunk or damaged in both Victoria dock and the neighbouring Prince's Dock.

Many families lost all their belongings and were left with just the clothes on their back. The government took full responsibility for the disaster and monetary compensation was paid to citizens who made a claim for loss or damage to property.

During normal dredging operations carried out periodically to maintain the depth of the docking bays one or two gold bars were found intact sporadically as late as 2011 and returned to the British government. Mumbai Fire Brigade's headquarters at Byculla has a memorial built in the memory of numerous fire fighters who died.


Hansa Vyas

dear hansa, very good explanation. (ofcourse, refresher for me) dear dipil, excellent guide for fire safety, which is short & simple. thanks for sharing.
Dear dipil,
We celebrate Fire Service week 14-21 March in our company.
i will post the activity schedule & photos of fire service week after 21 when all celebrations will be over.
In short we have,
Hose rolling competition,Fire extingusher lifing & fire fighting,Quiz Competition for contractors & employees.
For school childrens we have fire demo-explaning types of extinguisher & how to operate them,fire tender & its equipment & drawing competion in 3 groups-class 3.4.5th than class6 & 7 and class 8 to 10. Quiz competion too.
For ladies of our colony we have home safety & lpg safety prog along wih Quiz.
Hansa Vyas

Hansaji , dipilji ... Nice one. Pls find one attachemnt. Regards abhay

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Dear All, Pls find some input from my side. May be informative. All have given really a good input. Shailesh

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As a 28 year veteran of the New Zealand Fire Service (retired) I was impressed to see that such an event occurred nationally to recognise the sacrifice of our brother firefighters in this tragic event. Sadly have missed the event this year but hope to still be in Bangalore for next years Fire Service Week. Bud Chapman
Dear All
Nice to see wide participation against this post... Looking forward to get such kind of participation against various discussions in the forum...
@Hansa, Abhay & Shailesh: Good inputs regarding the history of Fire Service Day...
@Bud Chapman: It's nice to see participation from senior member like you into the forum... Deliver your expertise to use in future too...

Thank you Dipil. I started as a firefighter in the NZ Fire Service and over the 28 years, worked in the Communications Centre progressing through many roles until I was the Divisional Officer in charge. For 5 years in 1990's I was the Operational Project Team Leader for a project to put Fire and Police Communication Centres together across New Zealand. At the end of the project I left the Fire Service and took a position as Head of Business and Contact Centre tutor for Southern Institute of Technology, did that for 11 years and then my wife got a position teaching at Trio World School here in Bangalore. For the last year I have volunteered here filling whatever role required someone as being from the Fire Service team work is vital. Now however I am looking for a position with a work visa that will allow us to stay in Bangalore as my wifes contract will cease at the end of June and our 14 year old son wants to stay at the school here. I am a generalist, can turn my hand to anything, I am a technical writer, disaster planner, have knowledge of safety and security, write site safety plans for large construction sites. Native English speaker, computer literate, Contact Centre trainer, customer service, if someone out there is interested in seeing my resume I can attach a CV if that is appropriate, maybe someone can let me know.
@Bud Chapman
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