Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lessons to be learnt

Background: Fire at Bangalore's Carlton Towers: Bangalore, Feb 23: A massive fire has hit the third floor of the Carlton Towers in Bangalore, killing three and trapping many office goers around the peak office hours this evening. At least five people may have died in the Carlton Towers since they jumped out from the fifth and sixth floors of their office building in Bangalore on Tuesday. Survivors were treated at Manipal Hospital...

There are lessons to be learnt...
About fire safety:
=Respect existing guidelines, rather than considering fire safety norms as "harassment"
=Equipment in buildings as per norms
=Mock exercises / drills to be performed routinely by all establishments
About public response:
=Avoid unnecessary crowding at disaster sites/ roads in the vicinity: your curiosity may delay of the transport of victims to hospital
=Be a volunteer to donate blood/ identify victims/ help in crowd control
About the role of the media
=To avoid crowding at the "rescue areas" at the site of disaster/ "treatment areas" in the hospital, respect privacy of the victims
=Spread information on the victims/ helplines
=Spread awareness about fire fighting devices to be used by individuals, fire safety drills
=Investigative journalism to bring out the facts on "unpreparedness of high rise buildings" on fire safety
=Positive coverage for the selfless service by Fire & Emergency services


Anonymous said...

KempFort/Shiv Mandir on Airport Road is another disaster waiting to happen ..

It does not need any inspection for officers to figure out such (popular) disaster prone sites.

Both side sideways(setback) are encroached (rented out) for the shops.

Lot of barricading at back side.

Artificial Caves!

It is a popular place, what more it takes ..

Dr. Rajkiran Panuganti said...


It is a really sad incident. Yes, the owners of the buildings are guilty.

I see here in US that such drills are conducted regularly to handle such situations in every office. In every building, such signs and instructions are properly laid.

In India, we (including the govt.) has to strictly monitor the implementation of systems related to fire and emergency in all the buildings.

We always wake up after the loss. I request you to make it a campaign to ensure fire safety measures are properly implemented. I request you to send license regulators to all the buildings regularly to monitor the implementation.

I hope to see the change. We have great expectations from you. I hope you'll live up to them.

Anonymous said...


I am sorry to say that every time there is an accident or an "incident" the first response is "there are violations we will look into it" That is the first word which comes out from BBMP, BESCOM, Fire, Police etc.
And this time as well, it is the same response.
Cant they pro-actively do something to check violations? Answer is simple, there are good laws and systems, but no one follows them. What is the guarantee that investigation is fair? If there were violations, answers should be provided as to why it takes an accident for BBMP or Police to react. Why cant they act?

Also, the response to an accident is pathetic to say the least. There is no proper training for Police or Fire people, and which says what is every ones responsibility.
This is fire in one building. What happens if the next building is also on fire?
Police didnt react in the correct way. There were no additional forces to keep curious people away from road, and make way for emergency vehicles. That is the simplest first step.
Mobilization of forces etc is worst. There is no coordination. Every one takes their own decision. It is easy to say that some one is helping others, but lack of proper training and preparedness is awful.
Police should be the first who should re-route traffic, cardon area, and help Fire men do their job, and offer any assistance.
And it doesnt come natural. There need to be training, and I refuse to believe that this common sense training is not part of Police duties.