Nagpur: Union Home Minister Amit Shah was in Nagpur on January 2 where he dedicated the new campus of National Fire Service College (NFSC) in Nagpur. He layed the foundation stone of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) academy. The function organized at National Fire Service College, Shah confered the 15 President’s fire service medal for gallantry.
Photos by Chandrakant PaddhaneUnion Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai were present in the function.Shah while addressing the people said that “two departments which got less attention are National Disaster Management and Fire Department, in order to make people aware about the work done these departments a merger of two services has been done today. These two services connected to each other but it has been neglected. Today it is a proud moment for Nagpur as well as for the country. Here students will find various courses”.“NDRF team has now been installed in every corner of the country, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a special recognition in the year 2016. This institute has given best service men in NDRF in every corner of the country” he added.
Shah informed about academic and training courses available in NFSC. Four year AICTE approved Bachelor level course in fire engineering along with the short and long term courses in emergency management, medical life support management and Disaster Management oriented courses will be taught in this college, he added.
He said about 5,000 personnel will be trained in the field of disaster management by this academy each year.
While stressing the importance of Disaster management and fire services in achieving the industrial, infrastructural and Urban Development goals, he said it is vital for stakeholders to look after the preparedness in the disaster management and fire services.
On this occasion, 15 president’s fire service medals for gallantry were also awarded by the Minister to the awardees of Republic Day and Independence Day 2019 which include Fire service officers and Firemen from different parts of the country.
Shah also handed over the Gold, Silver Medals to meritorious students of Bachelor of Fire Engineering course in this function. He also visited the NFSC laboratories , simulation zone and also planted the sapling in NFSC cmpus. Fire Service officers, NFSC academic staff and students were present in this function
Nitin Gadkari stressed upon the importance of international standards of NFSC. He informed that 71 trainee officers from Foreign countries were trained by NFSC and allocation of 86 crore rupees for the establishment of NDRF Academy at Nagpur.