CDA finalises SOPs for forest fire control

ISLAMABAD: The Environment Wing of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has reviewed and finalised the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the control of forest fires.The SOP includes fire prevention measures, establishment of fire control substations, establishment of a control room, appointment of duty officers, and establishment of fire pickets, patrolling, fire fighting, aerial fire control, and post fire operation. The fire prevention measures include cleaning of fire lines, trails and paths, fixing and repairing of sign boards, coordination with the KP and Himalayan Wildlife Foundation, procedure for assistance of village communities/committees, patrolling of frequently visited spots such as Daman-e-Koh, Pir Sohawa, trails and picnic spots, and regularly watching and instructing visitors not to throw burning cigarettes, matches, or make any fire, cooking, heating etc, in coordination with the KP and Punjab Forest Departments.The control room would immediately inform the concerned conservator and divisional forest officer on telephone. The deputy director (Forest) would follow up the matter. The establishment of the fire control substation includes establishment of a fire substation at Dara Jangla in the Margallah Hills. The fire brigade with a crew, along with the forest fire picket’s staff of the Environment Directorate would be on duty round the clock, and a squad of 50 firemen of the Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management would be available at headquarters to assist in the forest fire control whenever required.The control room would remain operative round the clock during the fire season with telephone no 2855513, and a wireless base station. Moreover, one forest guard of the Protection Range would be on duty round the clock. All of them would work under the supervision of a security officer.

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