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Yangon aims to quadruple fire brigade

Yangon authorities are currently redrawing the city's fire brigade structure and plans to quadruple the force before the end of the year are underway. 

(Photo: Wa Lone / Mizzima)
“The current structure says a fire brigade needs to have a 7,000 strong force, but we only have 4,000," said Ye Bala Kyi Win, head of Yangon Division Fire Brigade. "We need to submit the proposal to Ministry office, but the is currently being redrawn and will be materialized this year.”

Current regulations state that at least four fire fighters must be in each fire engine but in some places there are only a couple of fire fighters per engine.

There are 70 fire engines in 31 townships in central Yangon and 113 fire engines all over the division. Altogether, there are 500 fire fighters from the official and volunteer forces.

Myanmar has 200 fire stations and 1,400 fire engines in total. In 2012, 100 fire engines were bought from China, while Japan also donated some.

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