The forenoon of August 26 saw a fire happening in Tianzifang Art Center due to on-site electric welding in breach of the regulation. With the philosophy of showing up in one minute and responding to gather property management and security guards in three minutes, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade from Hujie Security conducted evacuation, cordon, fire control and rescue altogether. The joint use of fire extinguisher and hydraulic giant put out the naked light immediately, preventing the fire from spreading and causing little property loss and casualties.
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Tianzifang known as a 3A scenic spot in Shanghai has age-old buildings with low fire resistance rating, narrow passages, assorted shops and large passenger flow volume. Despite large-scale improvement of fire control in its early establishment period, Tianzifang was still void of a professional team to implement valid management. In 2013, the district government decided upon its approval after research to organize a full-time fire brigade in Tianzifang via government purchase where all relevant personnel would be recruited by Shanghai Hujie Security Services Ltd in strict accordance with relevant standards and made to mount guard after trainings by public security fire detachment; and special fund of over one million Yuan allocated by the district finance bureau is earmarked for the operation of full-time fire brigade. On November 8, 2013, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade from Hujie Security was formally established whose members mostly were ex-soldiers with an average age of 27. Each member is qualified with national occupational qualification certificate for fire rescuer. Therefore, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade comes as the only full-time government fire brigade known in Shanghai central city with double functions of fire prevention and fire control apart from full-time fire brigades in industrial park and town and village government.
Thanks to great foresight, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade with militarized management has undergone normalized construction as per military standards from equipment allocation and on-duty shift to training and management. Exclusive duty rooms are equipped with area floor plans, duty rosters, flow chart of fire alarm receipt, rules and regulations such as team building responsibility. Such basic fire control equipment as training uniform, combat uniform, air respirator, hydraulic giant, hose, portable searchlight, extension ladders and fire extinguisher are all available. Meanwhile, there are fire-fighting motors which adopt the fire control system of compressed air foam spray to put out Class A and B fires as well as electrical fire, freely travelling through narrow lanes for the ancient town. Apart from 24-hour duty shift every day, the full-time fire brigade regularly connects with district fire brigade to conduct fire control trainings including physical trainings and instructions on fire-fighting and rescuing equipment. It shall be guaranteed that fire control training be conducted at least once per month, operation theories learning per quarter and comprehensive evacuation drills per half year. In 2014, the first year of brigade construction, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade has received honor for advanced unit in training on-duty post of fire brigades in various forms in Shanghai.
As an important force supplementary to active fire brigades, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade, diligent and devoted, always leads effort to assume task of rescuing and solving conflicts for the first time. For instance, in the fire accident on August 26, the full-time fire brigade promptly determined the fire, organized fire fighting and validly controlled the fire in its initial stage through discovery and response mechanisms such as the surveillance of fire control center and patrolling on streets in this area. At other times, the full-time fire brigade may accept assignment by City Emergency Response Center to participate in a series of emergency rescue work like picking up hornet’s nest and preventing flood and typhoon based on their practical work. In addition, it is one of its daily jobs to issue list of danger rectification. If it requires the involvement of law-enforcing department, the full-time fire brigade would immediately report such case to local police station for coordinated solutions. Meanwhile, it organizes regular trainings on fire control safety knowledge and skills for property security guards in this park and carries out fire control and evacuation drills together with park property management, neighborhood committees and neighboring shops. Till now, Tianzifang Full-time Fire Brigade from Hujie Security have participated in 8 fire control and 5 emergency rescuing actions, carried out fire control safety check among 1700 families in the park, and urge the rectification of over 2000 fire hazards, winning unanimous praise of residents and shops.