LAHORE: The world is observing International Fire Fighters' Day on Tuesday (today) to commemorate the efforts and sacrifices made by the brave men and women to help people in emergencies.
However, the Lahore District Fire Department is in a gloomy state. The district fire department inducts personnel at grade 5 level with an average salary of Rs6,500 per month.
But firmen working with Rescue 1122 service are employed at a much higher grade 11 level. These personnel also get a better average salary of Rs11,000 per month.
Only 3 firemen serve the eight million population of Lahore with 15 fire engines.
No new fire engines have been included in the fleet since the last 10 years while the equipment is also old and fast getting out of date. Nor has there been any recruitment in the fire departmet in the last 3 years.
Even the fire department headquarters in Townhall have been declared unsuitable for living.