FSAI Mumbai Chapter creating Fire Safety & Security awareness among Ganesh Mandal & Devotees

FSAI Mumbai Chapter creating Fire Safety & Security awareness among Ganesh Mandal & Devotees

Mumbai- Mumbai Alarmed by the many fire incidents that have occurred in Mumbai in the past few years, the Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI), Mumbai Chapter along with Mumbai Fire Brigade, Mumbai Police and Disaster Management, BMC had decided to ensure the safety of the devotees in Ganpati Mandals of Mumbai. Ar. Shrreyash Sarmalkar, Journals & Publications Chair Mumbai Chapter, FSAI said,” Our objective is to create public awareness about the security risk mitigations from fire and terrorists by bridging relations between the law enforcement agencies, Mandal committees, corporate houses, and expert security companies. There are more than 2000 Ganesh mandals in Mumbai and the number of tourists and devotees visiting these pandals keeps increasing every year. Few pandals even see over 2000 to 3000 devotees at a time. Due to the traffic jams during Ganeshotsav, many innocent citizens may die in an emergency situation, etc. until the fire brigade reaches the location and realizes the seriousness of this situation, for the past 11 years, we at FSAI, Mumbai Chapter a nonprofit organization, have been guiding Ganesh Mandals through Fire and Security Audit. We provide proper guidance to the Ganesh Mandals for the safety of the citizens visiting pandals without charging any Ganesh Mandals.”

FSAI Mumbai chapter President, Rupesh Umtol said, “During Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Mumbai, responsibility on safety & security measures increases manifold and protection of such a large number of devotees becomes a challenging task. Keeping this aim towards life safety & security, the Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI), Mumbai Chapter with the help of Mumbai Fire Brigade, Disaster Management, BMC & Mumbai Police, instituted India’s only ‘Safe & Secure Ganesh Mandal Awards 2022’ from a decade or so in order to sensitize the Sarvajanik Mandal Committees about enhancing the security measures to reduce the risk factors during the festive season. The prevailing environment in the nation has increased the security threat, especially during religious festivities, and protection of large crowds is a key concern for the society.”

Our organization has 24 chapters all over India. Due to the pandemic the last two years had seen, we all adhered to the set government restrictions. This year with all activities coming back to normal we initiated our yearly audit process of the Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai. The most well-organized, secure, coordinated Mandal is judged by an esteemed elite panel of seven to eight independent and impartial jury members composed of Mumbai Police, Mumbai Fire Brigade, Disaster Management officer, Architect, Fire Safety & Security, Risk, etc. subject matter experts. This time around under Mumbai Fire Brigade, FSAI Mumbai chapter representatives trained Ganesh Mandal’s representatives who attended the preparedness program in 24 BMC wards with MFB representatives in record time within 4 days. This time around our chapter President’s vision to audit manuals strictly fitting our safety and security set parameters was successfully audited with 5 Ganesh manuals being selected for the Final Audit stage, added information by FSAI Secretary Sameer Thakkar.

FSAI Aim:

Through such awards FSAI, Mumbai Chapter encourages a spirit of safe living among all citizens and inculcates a proactive mindset towards safety and security of human life & property at all times.

As per set audit parameters, this year total of five manuals shortlisted for the final stage was successfully audited on 7th September 2022 by an esteemed panel of 8 independent and impartial elite jury members including the esteemed personalities from Disaster Management, BMC, and Fire, Security, Risk & Safety industry subject matter experts.

Jury Member’s Role:

Audit the manuals on set parameters from security, safety, and surveillance perspectives where their subject matter expertise and experience comes into play which is of prime importance.

Check for the most well-organized, secure, coordinated Mandal.

Guidance on enhancing security measures to reduce the risk factors during the festive season.

Observe safety & security violations if any.

Observe suspicious activities or movements.

Interview site security guards,

Check the quantity and location of CCTV, types of cameras installed, coverage, etc.

Check knowledge of volunteers on the use of fire extinguishers, etc.

Check for Metal detectors, dog squads, etc.

Check safe exits, installation of emergency evacuation plans at proper locations, etc.

Check for availability of ramps with proper slope proportion for assisting specially challenged people, senior citizens, etc..

Check for necessary insurance covers, etc.

Check for doctors, first aid, medical facility, ambulance & fire tender truck available at the location.

Check on the installation of ELCB, proper earthling, other electrical works & mechanical installations.

Suggesting mitigation plans wherever required during the visit.

Views on measures taken by manuals and improvisation for enhancement wherever required.

Final Audit Stage Elite Jury Panel for the Mumbai’s, FSAI Safe & Secure Ganesh Mandal Awards 2022 were:

1. Mr. Rajendra Lokhande, Disaster Management, BMC.

2. Ar. Shrreyash Sarmalkar, FSAI. (Architecture, Project Management, Safety, Security, MEP Domain).

3. Mr. Santosh Deshpande, FSAI. (Electrical Domain)

4. Dr. Surendra Rathod, FSAI (Civil Engineering Domain).

5. Mr. Harshad G. Tulsulkar, FSAI

(Security Domain).

6. Mr. Krishnakumar Chavan, FSAI (Security Domain).

7. Mr. Amol Bhamre, FSAI (Security Domain).

8. Mr. Ravi Shah, FSAI (Security & Safety Domain).

Winners of Safe & Secure Ganesh Mandals this year are,

Mumbai cha Raja, Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, and Ganesh Gulli won the First prize.

Andheri cha Raja, Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti Mandal won the Second prize and elite jury panel members will be felicitated by FSAI, Mumbai Chapter somewhere around mid of October.

FSAI Mumbai Chapter, express gratitude and special thanks to, all the donations given by our members and also from nonmembers, Mr. Amit Shah from Kanex for supporting FSAI, Mumbai Chapter by agreeing to gift 1kg ABC type Fire Extinguishers and also Mr. Ravi Shah from Ambetronics for supporting FSAI, Mumbai Chapter by agreeing to gift PNG Gas Leakage Detectors to all winning Ganesh Mandals & Jury members. Also, Ambetronics were the ground transport sponsor for the final audit with videography and photography support too.

Let’s make safety an integral part of our life. Together let’s make Bharat Surakshit.

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