DGP pushes for women in Kerala fire brigade
- The women cadets will be included in civil defence wing of Fire and Rescue Services
- DGP has proposed amendments in Fire and Safety Rules to include women cadets
- Student Response Force comprise of 85 students, including 10 boys and 75 girls
In a first of its kind in the country, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services is planning to introduce female cadets in its civil defence wing.
Kerala is revamping its Fire and Safety rules after much discussion and has made a major inclusion -women in Fire and Rescue Services. Though several talks took place on the move in the past nothing worked out. The Director General of Police (DGP) has submitted a suggestion about the inclusion of women in the force to the state government.
"Fire and Rescue Services in foreign countries have women cadets. They will be helpful while dealing with the rescue of women and children. The move is also essential to ensure gender equality. So the demand is being considered seriously," DGP A Hemachandran said.
The DGP also clarified that women cadets will be included as part of the civil defence and won't be included in regular force.
The Department gave training to 85 students, including 75 girls, of Government College of Nursing, Kozhikode, to fight an emergency. The Student Response Force was given training in the use of fire equipment, rescue, lifting, rope rescue, etc. along with other techniques to be employed in an emergency.