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Fire safety uniforms given to de-suup firefighters in Bhutan

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Tarayana Foundation has handed over 2,000 sets of fire safety uniforms worth USD 400,000  to the De-suung Office, according to Kuensel Online.

Initiated by Thomas Wilson and Julia Booth the uniforms were donated by Fire and Rescue, New South Wales, Australia.

Fire Disaster Focal Person of De-suung Head Office, Thinley Dorji, said that the fire safety sets will help firefighters combat fire more efficiently: “Being a trained firefighter and a de-suup, I am confident the equipment will be of great help during emergencies.”

De-suung Head Office will also distribute fire safety uniform to fire disaster-prone dzongkhags.

Prakash Ghalley, a de-suup, said that the support had come at the right time: “I have undergone fighting training from Kolkata and have attended over 15 fire incidents in the country. I am confident that the volunteers will now be able to provide timely service.”

Chief Planning Officer of the De-suung Head Office, Tandin Dorji, said that fire suppression time has decreased remarkably as a result of advancements in emergency response: “The De-suung Fire Service has trained 134 de-suups in seven different batches as of now.”

Dorji said that Thimphu is: “A fire disaster-prone dzongkhag which is divided into four mega zones, where we have Rapid Response Team (RRT) with 15 de-suups in each zone. These fire safety uniforms will be provided individually to the RTT who will be the first person to respond in a fire disaster.”

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