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Indian fire service short 1,000 firefighters

Despite being about 50% short-staffed, firefighters are preparing for the festival of lights, one of the busiest days for fire accidents

New Indian Express

NEW DELHI, — The capital of India is also the capital of ironies. As the festival of lights Diwali nears; the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has begun making exhaustive preparations to meet the heightened possibilities of fire accidents. But the department is short staffed to the tune of 50 per cent. Though the DFS is making efforts to meet emergency situations with additional services like motorbike and car patrols in the city on November 13, it is alarmingly short of workers.

Going by the tradition of being ill-equipped to handle exigencies, the DFS is short of 1000 people owing to a dismal induction drive held recently. Out of the 500 workers selected by the DFS, 250 were eventually denied employment as they had produced fake certificates.

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