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HRAWI initiates fire marshal training for hotels & restaurants in Mumbai
Wednesday, 20 March, 2019, 12 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
In a first, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has initiated a comprehensive session on fire marshal training for hotels and restaurants in Mumbai. The training was organised at the city’s fire brigade headquarters in Byculla and was conducted by and under the aegis of Prabhat Rahangdale, Mumbai fire chief and director, Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services, along with A V Parab, divisional fire officer; D S Patil, assistant divisional fire officer; V N Sangle, senior station officer, D M Patil, senior station officer, and team.

The programme imparted training on various aspects of fire-fighting and educated participants on the many causes of fire and its hazards. The venue was packed to capacity, with 124 participants attending the programme from different hotels and restaurants across the city. At the end of the training, participants were awarded a badge and certified as volunteer fire marshals.

“HRAWI thanks Rahangdale and the entire team for curating an invaluable session on fire safety and for raising our knowledge on the subject. This is a much-needed training programme for hotels and restaurants everywhere in the country. The training has helped us tremendously and each participant, a certified volunteer fire marshal, is now in a better position to improve and implement the standards of fire safety and to safeguard their establishments in case of fire hazards,” stated Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, president, HRAWI.

The training programme covered all the basic and must-know causes and effects of FIRE (which stands for Find, Inform, Rescue and Extinguish). The session included on-ground activities that demonstrated on how to prevent fire, how to implement necessary emergency procedures, how to prevent the spread of fire, the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them correctly and effectively.

“Fire is not our enemy. It is nature and it is part of us. Our fire-fighters put out fires inadvertently created by our own civilians, and in a way, we are fighting within ourselves. It need not be like this,” said Rahangdale.

“It is our society and we all are a part of it, including me. We need volunteers in large numbers to aid the firefighters’ efforts especially when every second counts during a fire catastrophe,” he added.

“We plead to everyone to join us in creating a safe environment by learning about the basic dos and don’ts in case of a fire emergency, and for this, one does not need to wear a uniform,” said Rahangdale.

“We welcome everyone to seek knowledge from us. We are more than happy to offer the necessary information. It is commendable that HRAWI has voluntarily come forth to train and equip its members with the necessary fire-fighting skills, and I thank them for joining us,” he added.

The programme was divided in two parts. It first took the participants through the theoretical presentation, which was later followed up with demonstration and practice in the open area of the fire brigade compound.

“The training was covered theoretically as well as practically for the fire marshals, and the demonstrations proved to be crucial in making us understand exactly how things are done on-ground,” said Gurbir Bedi, executive committee member and chairman, restaurant matters sub-committee, HRAWI.

“We are glad that we could organise this training for our member establishments to make good use of, and who better than the fire department or their staff to train our member representatives? With the incredible response that we have received for our first fire marshal training, we feel encouraged to organise more such programmes for members in the future,” he added.
 
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