Dhaka, Thursday, 09 April 2020

We no more want to see such helpless deaths : Mayor Atiqul Islam

We no more want to see such helpless deaths : Mayor Atiqul Islam

Staff Correspondent: DNCC Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said, “We no more want to see such helpless deaths. The builders of multi-storied buildings must keep all the arrangements to tackle fire hazards. Otherwise, they will face stern punishment.” Atiqul Islam told this in a programme arranged to pay respect and gratitude to the fearless firefighters. BRAC organized the reception event on 11 April 2019 at the auditorium of the Institution of Diploma Engineers at Kakrail in the capital.

Fire Service and Civil Defence Director-General Brigadier General Md Sazzad Hussain, Director (operation and maintenance) Major AKM Shakil Newaz, Director (training, planning and development) Lieutenant Colonel SM Zulfikar Rahman were present as hon’ble guests along with Dhaka North City mayor Md Atiqul Islam.

At the programme, a cheque of Tk 4 lakh was handed over from BRAC to the family of Sohel Rana who died after severely injured during his work at the FR Tower fire rescue. A donation of Tk 3 lakh was also made to the Fire Service and Civil Defence trust fund. Survivors of different fire incidents gave bouquet and certificates of honour to 10 fire-fighters who are- Sohagchandra Karmakar, Bishnupada Mistry, Zakir Hossain, Kazi Sohag, Shahidul Islam, Jewel Mahmud, Mafizul Islam, Alamgir Hossain, Nazir Hossain and Moktar Hossain. Brigadier General Md Sazzad Hussain thanked BRAC for this initiative and said, “This recognition will further boost our morale. On this occasion, however, our request to the nation will be: Please do not crowd the scene of the hazard and let our fire-fighters and rescuers work without hindrance. It is the general public who have to come forward to ensure this. With your proper assistance we will be able to reduce the loss of both lives and property.”

A number of important setbacks were identified in the discussion at the programme including: delay in reaching information to the proper authority, crowds hindering rescue work, absence of fire hydrants or source of water, shortage of fire extinguishing equipment in multi-storeyed buildings, lack of training of personnel, and absence of fire exits in buildings.