India: Firefighters turn to motorcycles to beat traffic

The bikes can hold two firefighters, extinguishers, and medical equipment

The Deccan Herald

KARWAR, India — The fire station at Karwar is now ready to serve even in the highly congested areas with narrow roads. Courtesy: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services which has given a hi-tech Royal Enfield bike fitted with fire extinguisher (containing both water and foam) to the station.

The department is giving such bikes to fire stations in all districts. In fact, in some districts the bikes have already been deployed for service. The 350-cc bike has been remodelled for the purpose with the inclusion of a host of technologies and features.

The rear of the two-seater bike is fitted with two cylinders, with a total capacity of 10 litres. The 27-kg cylinders can hold 9.3 litres of water and 0.7 litre of foam-based substance. The bike also has first aid kit, siren, mike, neon light and other features. The Hydraulics system, coupled with the gun, can shoot water and foam up to a distance of 12 metres. 

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