Nimroz fire department housed in new building
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A newly-constructed building for the fire department of southwestern Nimroz province was on Tuesday put into service, an official said.
The building spread over 35 acres of land in Changi area near Zaranj airport has five blocks each having 12 rooms.
Fire brigade chief Lt. Col. Mohammad Zahir told Pajhwok Afghan News construction of the building cost $13 million, which had been provided by the United States.
“Previously we worked in a single room office at the police headquarters, but now we have our own building,” he said.
However, some residents of Zaranj City said the fire department was located around 26 kilometers away from the city and it would take one hour for firefighters to reach the city of a fire occurred.
One of them, Ahmad Javed, said: “The fire department is located away from the city in an area where no one lives. Its road to the city is sometimes blocked by sand dunes.”
The fire department chief acknowledged the long distance between the city and his department, but he said it was located close to the teachers’ township. He said more residential buildings were being built in the area.
He said a branch of the department was also operational inside the city. The aim of the new building’s closeness to the airport was to ensure timely arrival in case of a fire breakout at the airport, Zahir added.
But Zahir complained about the shortage of personnel and equipment. He said the department currently had only two firefighter vehicles and they were insufficient.
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