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Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to use helicopters for aerial firefighting, rescue

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 21:03 GMT+7
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to use helicopters for aerial firefighting, rescue
People are evacuated from a building in a fire drill in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in this file photo.

Firefighting departments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be equipped with two helicopters for aerial firefighting and rescue missions, according to a circular that will be in force at the beginning of next year.

The nation’s capital and the southern city, as well as the National Center for Emergency Fire Prevention, Fighting and Rescue, will be provided with two choppers for aerial firefighting, the Ministry of Public Security said in its recent circular on the standards of the firefighting apparatus for fire prevention and fighting police.

The change will be applied only when all requirements on personnel, including pilots, technical teams, and flight infrastructure, are met and approved by the prime minister.

Fire departments will also be supplied with several specialized equipment pieces including pressure measuring devices, infrared sensors for distance measurement, remote temperature sensors, radioactivity meters, and others.

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Two helicopters hover in the sky in a fire drill in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in this file photo taken by a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter.

Each firefighting unit will be given five fire engines, two rescue trucks, one ambulance, one ladder truck with each ladder’s length between 32 and 52 meters.

Rescue motorcycles, fire bikes, and voice and camera recorders will also be added to the list to facilitate search and rescue missions.

In addition, the units focused on fighting shoreline and shipboard fires will be supported by one fireboat and two lifeboats each.

The circular aims to strengthen fire prevention methods and the fire services’ ability to combat flames in Vietnam’s special metropolises, which include Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and is set to take effect on January 1, 2016.

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