DBL Group and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zussamenarbeit Bangladesh (GIZ) signed a cooperation agreement to establish a Mini Fire Brigade. Mr. M.A. Rahim, Vice-Chairman and Group CEO of DBL Group, Olaf Handloegten, Director, Global Initiative Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), and Jochen Weikert, Program Coordinator, PSES II, signed the agreement on 11 March 2015 at Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense Training Complex in Dhaka.
The objective of the Mini Fire Brigade – rapid response and risk reduction unit is to prevent fire in the industrial buildings around Kashimpur, Gazipur area. The Mini Fire Brigade unit will be located outside Jinnat Complex of DBL Group which will also serve other factory compound in the Kashimpur-Konabari industrial cluster.
DBL Group is providing land, a suitable construction for the Mini-Fire Brigade and volunteers. The Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense will undertake the initiative to organize training for volunteer fire fighters and provide infrastructure support. GIZ will facilitate the procurement of fire-fighting equipments. The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day with a target to respond within the first critical 10-15 minutes to both industrial fire and building collapse.