Hyderabad: The traffic green channel for the Fire Services, formulated with an eye on reaching fire mishap sites as soon as possible, has updated and now has gone multi-departmental. The existing green channel, which involved only the Fire Services and the City Traffic Police working together to ensure a smooth and fast passage to fire tenders had become outdated, prompting the Fire department to think utilitarian.
This approach now has departments including the Hyderabad Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL), the State Health Department and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), coming in to join hands with the Fire Services and the Traffic Police to chart out green channels whenever the need arises.
“The older version is updated with a few changes, and these changes were made as per the present needs and hurdles while executing firefighting operations,” said Rajiv Ratan, Director General, Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department. “Four more departments into the green channel network is a new strategy, which is going to make the channel more effective as the rescue team can reach the emergency site in a little span of time,” Mr. Ratan said.
The departments will provide the services based on the resources they have. Whenever there is any emergency, an alert will be given from the Fire Control Room to the other departments. For instance, the HMWSSB will provide water tankers, TSSPDCL will cut off power supply to the affected area and the Traffic Police will ensure the road is cleared for the fire tender to reach the site. The Health wing and the GMHC will come into the picture whenever there is a requirement.
“Water works, electricity and traffic are the compulsory services. Health and GHMC are going to act only when there are any casualties reported and debris has to be removed,” Mr. Ratan said, adding that ambulances and earthmovers, whenever necessary, will be provided by these two departments. The entire green channel network is operated from the Fire Control Room located in the Secretariat. A wireless network has been specially created for this and all the control rooms of the departments concerned will share information during emergencies, he added.