Koloraing: Arunachal Pradesh home minister Bamang Felix on Saturday inaugurated a fire and emergency services station building here in presence of Koloriang MLA Lokam Tassar, director general of police R P Upadhyaya, Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner Bengia Nighee and SP (Fire) Sanjay Bhatia.

Dedicating the fire station to the people, Felix underscored the importance of creating awareness among the public on fire safety and fire emergencies.

“The fire service cannot avert fire incidents; it can only prevent fire from spreading further. Fire incidents can be stopped if only people are cautious and are aware of fire safety measures,” he said and called for undertaking information, education and communication (IEC) activities in this regard.

Calling for cooperation from the public, the minister appealed to them to refrain from constructing houses haphazardly that prevents fire tenders from reaching the incident spot at the time of emergencies. Pointing out that most of the fire incidents are reported to be caused by electrical short circuits, he advised the people to get electrical wiring of their houses done by professionals.

Emphasizing that land is the prerequisite for any infrastructural development, Felix sought the people’s cooperation while reiterating that there is enough political will under chief minister Pema Khandu-led government to bring development across the state.

He further appealed to the people to take care of government-created assets in their respective areas while stating that all such assets are of and for the public only.

Earlier, Koloriang MLA Lokam Tassar thanked the state government and the police for making the dream of having a fire station in Koloriang a reality and said fire stations play an important role in town safety.

Upadhyay and Kurung Kumey SP Minjom Ete also spoke on the occasion. While Ete highlighted some policing-related challenges, the DGP lauded the fire station staff for their services all these years despite operating from a temporary station.

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