PM urges improvement of fire prevention and fighting

Thursday, 2016-11-03 12:07:47
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A fire-fighter struggles to extinguish the fire at 68 Tran Thai Tong Street on November 1.
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NDO—Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued a message on November 2 on strengthening fire prevention and firefighting and conducting overall fire safety checks at karaoke bars and clubs, urging ministries, sectors and local administrations to strictly and effectively implement the Law on Fire Prevention and Firefighting, as well as directives and plans of action in the field.

>>> Hanoi karaoke bar blaze kills 13

The Government leader requested that ministries, sectors and local administrations arrange firefighting forces and take synchronous fire prevention measures at places at high risk, including industrial zones, markets, trade centres, skyscrapers, townhouses and entertainment service providers.

He asked the Ministry of Public Security to enhance inspection of the venues at high risk of catching fire, to strictly handle violations and to resolutely suspend or stop the operation of those with no assurance of fire prevention safety. Criminal proceedings could be applied to serious violations if necessary, the PM stated.

The ministry was also responsible for inspecting and facilitating the serious implementation of the message and regularly reporting to the PM on the situation of execution.

PM Phuc urged the Ministry of Information and Communications, in collaboration with the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education, to direct media and press agencies to accelerate their dissemination of fire prevention knowledge, skills and rescue measures, as well as to criticise the serious violations of the law on fire prevention and firefighting on public media for educational and precautionary purposes.

The Standing Board of the Hanoi Party Committee issued Document No. 301-CV/VPTU on the night of November 1, asking the Cau Giay district People’s Committee to work with the city’s police and armed forces to urgently address the consequences and support the families of victims of the karaoke bar fire incident at 68 Tran Thai Tong Street.

From November 2, Cau Giay district will begin to conduct overall fire safety checks at 88 karaoke bars across the locale and will resolutely stop the operation of sites violating fire regulations.

On the same day, the district authorities, in collaboration with the municipal People’s Committee and Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, visited and presented VND10 million in support to each of the families of the blaze’s victims.