For the primary time, Delhi Hearth Service (DFS) is hiring personal firefighters on contract to make up for the dearth of manpower. On Monday, 500 professionals from a non-public agency, educated in firefighting and finishing up rescue operations, will be a part of the DFS, prime officers stated.
Senior officers from the division stated all of the 500 personnel are educated and match the DFS’s requirements of coaching in firefighting. The 500 had been chosen via a stringent course of, they stated.
Atul Garg, director, Delhi Hearth Service, stated a firefighter ought to be capable of bravely, and on the identical time effectively react to a state of affairs when lives are at stake. “Despite the fact that these new cadets have been employed after an in depth course of to verify their proficiency in firefighting, they are going to be below steady supervision of senior officers,” Garg stated.
Garg stated that is the primary time that DFS is hiring personal firefighters. “It’s a momentary association. Regardless of recruiting round 600 males final 12 months, we had been nonetheless wanting 706 firefighters. With these 500 males, we will fill greater than 80% of our vacancies.The method of recruitment can also be underway. As a result of it’s a lengthy course of, these contractual staff will fill in until the time the federal government’s recruitment is accomplished,” he stated.
“These males will play function of assist workers for us. Whereas our common firefighters have a 24-hour shift, the contractual workers can have solely eight-hour shift. We’ll present them with all the security gear, uniforms and different gear once they’re at work. They may also help our workers in upkeep of kit and conducting consciousness programmes,” Garg stated.
He stated the contractual firefighters have been taken from the personal agency, Digitek, by way of GEM (authorities e-market place) – a central authorities owned e-portal the place frequent consumer items and companies will be procured. The DFS pays the Digitek which pays wage to its workers, he added.
Former chief of Delhi Hearth Service, AK Sharma, who led the division for six years between 2010 and 2016, stated it’s a good method to fill in for pending vacancies.
“Since these professionals are already educated the coaching half can also be accomplished away with which saves DFS’s time and sources. DFS requires expert professionals which haven’t been offered for very long time. If the manpower requirement is being met utilizing different avenues there’s no hurt on this,” Sharma stated.
Officers on the Digitek didn’t reply to repeated calls and messages.