Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) has formed a ‘central monitoring and coordination cell’ to deal with possible incidents like violence and fires ahead of the national election scheduled for 7 January.
The cell will be responsible for gathering information on accidents occurring anywhere in the country, including Dhaka, and will collaborate with the central control room of the FSCD.
Anwarul Islam, warehouse inspector of the FSCD headquarters media cell, said it in a statement on Friday.
UNB adds: Canceling leave of all officials and employees of all fire stations across the country, the firefighters have been kept on standby duty following the directive of FSCD Director General Brig Gen Md Main Uddin.
Directives have also been given to take necessary measures in coordination with the local administration to deal with the emergency situation during the election, he said.
In addition to firefighters, trained volunteers of the fire service have also been asked to be ready. All firefighting and rescue equipment, including the required number of ambulances, have been kept ready, the warehouse inspector said.
The services of the FSCD will be available round the clock to protect lives and properties across the country.
In case of any emergency, all are requested to call the nearest fire station, divisional control room phone number, or central control room hotline 16163 to receive services.
Emergency services can also be availed by calling the mobile number of the central monitoring cell 01730336699.