India — The forest and fire services departments of Himachal Pradesh have overhauled their infrastructure for control and prevention of forest fires during summers. The two departments have set up a quick response task force in at least 27 forest divisions to specifically control forest fires during the next three months.
On the lines of Chhattisgarh, Himachal is also planning to put in place a fire alert messaging system, which works in signals through the satellite network. The system is likely to be set up by the forest department. Additional Director General of Police, Fire Services and Home Guards, B. Kamal Kumar said, After the fire services department took up the matter with principal secretary (Home), 10 home guards were deputed in each forest division. They will get one van each and will exclusively cater to prevention of forest fire incidents with locals.