From the D.G.P.’s Desk

The Odisha Fire Service had a modest beginning in 1942 during the Second World War - around the time the Country witnessed the Quit India movement - with a few fire buckets at Cuttack. 4 Fire Stations came up in the coastal townships of Cuttack, Balasore, Berhampur and Puri in 1944, largely to attend to fires caused by the aerial bombardments of Japanese war planes.

The Odisha Fire has come a long way since and can today claim to be among the largest and best equipped fire service organizations in the country. With 290 functional Fire Stations and 45 slated to be opened shortly, the number far exceeds those in other states as does the sanctioned man power strength of over five and a half thousand. Beginning with fire extinguishers to fire, rescue and crash tenders to hydraulic platforms to fire suits, mechanical saws, and scuba diving equipment, the Odisha Fire Service has all the best equipments. The organization has done commendably over the years but it should always be remembered that however good an organization is or service to the people can be, there is always room and scope for improvement and that is what always needs to be focussed on.

There are certain shortcomings like limited housing facilities for the staff and the relative ineffectiveness of the Fire Service in enforcement matters because no Rules have been framed despite twenty three years having gone by since promulgation of the Fire Service Act in 1993. Nevertheless, despite the deficiencies the Odisha Fire Service has set a laudable example for other Fire Service Organizations around the country to emulate.

On the occasion of the Fire Service Week 2016 and launching of the Odisha Fire Service Website by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha, I wish the organization and its personnel all the best and God speed.

B.K. Sharma
Director General of Police, Fire Service, Commandant General of Home Guards, & Director Civil Defence, Odisha, Cuttack