A BRIEF PROFILE OF THE STATE FIRE TRAINING CENTRE
The subject of Fire Services in the State of Maharashtra is vested with the Urban
Local Bodies. Accordingly the provisions exist in the Bombay Municipal Corporation
Act, 1888, Maharashtra Provincial Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 maintained as
the Maharashtra Regional Town and Industrial Township Planning Act 1966. In addition
to this, as per the directives of the State Government, other Special Planning Authorities
like MIDC & CIDCO manage the Fire Services for their areas. It was always under
the consideration of the State Govt. to establish a full-fledge State Fire Training
Centre. It took about 30 plus long years to emerge Nucleus State Training Centre
near the Vidyanagari Complex at Kalina, Santacruz (East), Mumbai. This Training
Centre was provided approximately 24 acres of land near Kalina Campus. Due to various
reasons, Training Centre has not coped up in a way, it was expected, however this
land has been allotted to Police Department. 1.25 acres of land is reserved for
the State Fire Training Center. Few photographs of the Training Centre are enclosed
The State Fire Training Centre is established in Santacruz (East) approximately
05 kms. away from the Santacruz Railway Station and in the close proximity of the
Complex of Mumbai University. It is 3 kms. away from the National & International
Airports. Though it is within Mumbai, it enjoys a very silent and peaceful location.
The Training Centre has one Classroom having capacity to accommodate 75 students
with all the Audio & Visuals required for the Training such as OHP, TV, D.V.D. There
are 3 Dormitories having capacity to accommodate 50 Trainees.
- APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENTS:
The Training Centre maintains a well-equipped Fire Engine, 1 Troop Carriers, 2 conventional
vehicles & Trailer Pump and other all the basic requirements for the Fire Fighting
The Training Centre is headed by the Fire Advisor to Govt. of Maharashtra and is
having following staff. In addition to this paid staff, Mumbai has a great advantage
of Faculties from the multi-discipline areas from the various Fire Services such
as for Civic Fire Services, we have the M.C.G.M. Fire Department, for Nuclear Hazards,
we have B.A.R.C. Fire Services Experts, for Industrial Fire Hazards, we have experts
from MIDC, MSEB, R.C.F. and such other Industries, for Oil & highly inflammable
Chemicals, we have experts from the Bombay Harbor, For Air Port & Sea Ports, also
experts from the Air-Port Authorities and Sea-Port Authorities extend valuable combination
due to which the Training Centre has been able to deliver quality products and has
been able to maintain the quality of Training on sustain basis. So far the Training
Centre has conducted about 110 number of courses of different types and has been
able to produce so many Fire Fighters not only for the State of Maharashtra but
even for the other States.
This Training Centre has achieved an excellent rating by the Fire Advisor to Govt.
of India, Director General Civil Defence and the Director, National Fire Service
College, who has personally visited the Training Centre. The major achievement of
this Training Centre is - in the year June, 2003 we have been able to commence the
Sub-Officers' course from the National Fire Service College, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Govt. of India and Govt. of India had declared the Centre as "Regional Training
Centre" to cater the need of neighbouring States.
- FUTURE PLAN:
A proposal is approved by Govt. of India for according the permission for re-appropriation
of grants received under the 11th & 12th Finance Commission for the utilization
of the physical infrastructure of the State Fire Service Academy by raising atleast
a 7 storied buildings accommodating 50 hostel rooms, 4 class-rooms, 3 Conference
Rooms, good Canteen & Cafeteria, which can house the Modern Fire appliances. The
work of this project on deposit contribution basis has been given to MMRDA and Govt.
of Maharashtra has already paid about Rs.10.82 crore to MMRDA for this project.
The University of Mumbai has already agreed in principle to commence a full-fledge
degree course of B.Sc. (Fire Technology) at par with the National Fire Service College.
- LONG-TERM PLAN:
With a clear vision and mission and with a intention to address the need of State
to produce the required skill set and knowledge set, manpower to cope up with likely
natural and man-made disasters, the State may have to cope up with.
- SHORT-TERM PLAN:
As a possible action plan is to create atleast 8 to 10 Specialized Search & Rescue
Teams to cope up with Natural Disasters such as earthquake, landslides, building
collapse etc. The Training Center is striving to create the Teams for the spills
Disasters such as Oil spills and hazardous industrial accidents & Road, Rail accidents.