The Delhi government has decided to install CCTV cameras in fire tenders to identify motorists obstructing their movement while responding to emergency calls and fine the errant vehicle owners.
All fire tenders will also be equipped with global positioning system (GPS) device to monitor their movement.
"The government has decided to install CCTV cameras on the front of fire tenders to identify the vehicles which obstruct their movement on city roads," Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain told PTI.
"After identifying such errant vehicles through their number plates, the government will issue challans to the vehicle owners for violating the rules," he said.
Jain said that modern protective gear and robotic water towers will be procured by the Delhi Fire Services.
Thereafter, fire fighters need not be physically present inside the blazing spot.
"In the first phase, four to five such fire tenders will be procured by the government. Robotic water towers will also help our fire fighters tackle major fire incident," Jain also said.
He said that Lt Governor Anil Baijal, in a meeting with the DFS officials today, has directed to modernise the Delhi Fire Services with the latest technology and equipment.
In a statement, the L-G office said the DFS must assess its needs to strengthen itself in terms of manpower and machinery.
In view of the huge number of vacancies, particularly in the operations and communications posts, he directed the department to get these filled up on priority basis.
Baijal stressed on the need for an annual schedule for procurement of equipment well-before-time and also ramping up upgradation and modernisation efforts like computer-aided dispatch, GPS monitoring system of fire tenders, procurement of latest protective gear and equipment.