The Fire & Emergency
Services, J&K was established in the year 1893 as
Srinagar Fire Brigade. Some of the town areas were also
having their fire brigades with few men. Earlier axes
were used for hewing planks and rafters of burning
buildings and buckets were used for throwing water. This
was later replaced by steam engines which were made
operational by burning firewood to heat up water and
were taken to places on carts pulled by firemen. The
equipment was later replaced by steam engines which were
operated by burning fire wood to heat up water and were
taken to places on carts. The department was initially
having 05 Fire Stations and 60 Firemen and is the 3rd
oldest Fire Brigade of the country after Mumbai (1803)
and Kolkata (1822). It
is presently 4th largest Fire Services of the country.
Some of the Fire Stations are
located in areas where the temperature falls below 30
Deg C and the Services has the pride of having Fire
Station established at the highest altitude of 11500 ft
at Leh known as “Roof of the World”. The motto of the Services
is “We serve to save”.
The department has been renamed as “Fire and Emergency Services, J&K” vide Govt. Order No.Home-196 (Fire) of 2004 dated 08.06.2004.
Thus the sphere of the duties has been enhanced from
rescue and fire fighting to disaster management, Search
and Rescue from earthquakes, flash floods, land/mud
slides, avalanches, catastrophes and conflagrations,
road & rail accidents and Air crashes, under-water
rescue besides manmade disasters like war, air raids,
bomb blasts are added challenges for Fire &
Emergency Services. Main operations include:
- Fire Fghting.
- Disaster Management.
- War.Air Raids etc
- Bomb Blasts
The Fire & Emergency Services, J&K is presently spread over 168 Fire & Emergency Stations all over the State.