NMC proposes to relax qualification for firemen

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Dec 2017 09:58:20



Special Correspondent,

The move is justified by NMC office bearers to recruit maximum local candidates as fireman rescuer

IN a questionable move, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed to change the qualification criteria to appoint 200 fireman rescuer by diluting norms, all in the name of providing jobs to locals. Besides, NMC has proposed to relax requirement of the mandatory fire safety course necessary for Chief Fire Officer. The controversial proposal will be tabled in the general body meeting slated on December 8.

Earlier, every aspirant was required to clear the examination conducted by State Fire Academy before being selected as fireman rescuer in the service of the Fire Emergency and Services Department. The civic body has changed the criteria to appoint fireman rescuer and removed the requirement of course altogether. The NMC has now proposed to select candidates without having six months course certificate of State Fire Academy. After selection, the eligible candidates will have to get training of the State Fire Academy in next two years.

Highly placed sources claimed that Mayor Nanda Jichkar has requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to change the criteria. According to NMC office-bearers the present educational criteria is going against the candidates of the region as they do not have certificate of State Fire Academy. Therefore, the office bearers of the local body have decided to change the criteria to pave way for the students of the Vidarbha and particularly from Nagpur to join the Fire Department. The centre of the State Fire Academy is in Mumbai and therefore, it is impossible for the students of the region to get appointment in the service. The NMC has suggested to add qualification of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE), in place of State Fire Academy Certificate, for the job.

Fire Department has suggested to change the criteria for the selection of Chief Fire Officer as well. Presently, the CFO is required to undergo six months training from National Fire Training Centre and must possess a valid completion certificate. Now, the department has proposed to reduce it from six months to three months course of State Fire Academy in place of National Fire Training Centre.