Bhubaneswar: Six fire personnel were placed under suspension on charges of gross negligence and dereliction of emergency duty. Their suspension came amidst state-wide cease-work agitation by the personnel over various demands.
Official sources said two personnel of Chitrada Fire Station in Mayurbhanj, Daspalla and Baliapal each were suspended as they did not receive the emergency calls.
“I am compelled to place six personnel under suspension as they failed to attend the emergency calls. Two personnel each in Dasapall, Baliapal and Chitroda incidents have been found guilty and placed under suspension,” Director General (Fire Service) B K Sharma said.
The action came in wake of two major fire incidents at Dasapalla in Naygarh district and another at Baliapal in Balasore district.
A three-year-old boy died of drowning in a well in Chitroda area of Mayurbhanj district on Tuesday as the fire personnel allegedly refused to attend the emergency calls.
Sharma said when the government is willing to have discussion with the agitating personnel, they should attend the emergency calls. No one will be allowed to suffer from fire incident in the state.
“I have assured them that the government will sympathetically consider their demands. I also appeal them to call off agitation and do not prevent others who are willing to attend the emergency calls,” Sharma said.
Stating that the fire personnel deal with life and property of masses, Sharma said, “They should attend the emergency calls and come to the rescue of the people on humanitarian ground.”
The agitating fire personnel, however, said that their grievances have been ignored by the government since long time.
They said they have called the indefinite strike on Monday. More than 5000 firemen, havildars, drivers from all the 341 fire stations have joined the protests.