Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Saturday said that Odisha Fire Service has evolved into a premier fire fighting force in the country. With 326 operational Fire Stations covering almost every bloc of the state and over 5600 fire personnel, Odisha Fire Service provides quality public services not only in fire fighting but also in responding to any emergency situation arised out of natural or man-made calamities, he added.
Patnaik, while speaking to the firemen on the occasion of Fire Safety Week , said dedicated professional service by fire personnel has endeared them to public and brought laurels to the department. Recent drive by the Odisha Fire Service to ensure compliance to fire safety norms in building, premises and occupancies has been commendable, he added.
The director general fire service, BK Sharma, also addressed the firemen on the occasion.
The chief minister took salute in the parade and gave away prizes to fire service personnel and felicitated retired firemen .