City plans to equip firefighters with longer ladders
Shenzhen is planning to equip its city’s firefighters with a longer turntable ladder to fight major fires like the fire that killed 58 people in a Shanghai high rise apartment. The ladders used by the Shanghai firefighters were to short and wasn’t able to reach the victims trapped in the buildings.
The city firefighting department was urged to learn lessons from the Shanghai fire mishap, and the city government promised to equip the firefighters with a ladder truck that is used to fight fires in high rise buildings and rescue people. Most firetrucks are equipped with aerial ladders that exceed 100 meters, but ladders are expensive and the first ladder truck that was bought by the firefighting authority in Hangzhou and costs around 20 million yuan. Shenzhen have 40 turntable ladders but the highest one only reached the height of 54 meters the equivalent of a 20 story building.
High rise buildings are the focus of fire prevention in Shenzhen, since nearly 1,400 fires have occurred in Shenzhen from March 2009 to October 2010. The fires killed 19 people, injured 32 and caused 28 million yuan in property damages. The fires were mostly in high rise buildings and apartment blocks.