Rehan Qayoom Mir
Srinagar, Jan 17: The Fire & Emergency Services Department said it has put robust safety measures in place to effectively respond to any potential fire incident at Dal Lake.
The Nehru Park Fire Station houses a fleet of nine fire boats, including two specifically designated for rescue operations, a senior official from the F&ES Department said.
“We assure the public that our existing mechanisms are more than adequate to tackle any fire incident at the world-famous Dal Lake,” he said, adding that only minor areas for improvement are needed.
Additionally, the Nigeen Fire Station also features two dedicated fire boats, he added.
The official said all boats are equipped with firefighting essentials. “Out of the 11 boats, nine are turn-out boats equipped with fire pumps. The equipment onboard these boats includes fire pumps, engines capable of spraying water with high volume and other essential firefighting tools,” he informed.
A houseboat owner on Dal Lake said, “Our houseboats thrive on the beauty of Dal Lake, and knowing that there are enhanced fire safety measures in place adds an extra layer of confidence for both locals and visitors alike.”