In Pakistan, firefighters face immense challenges due to insufficient training, safety issues, dearth of necessary equipment, faulty wireless communication systems , low quality uniforms and improper accommodation. Moreover the firemen feel unappreciated and underpaid due to meagre salaries. These problems also hinder fire departments to promptly respond and yield result- oriented operation in emergency situation and crisis. As a result, fire rescue services are often accused for inefficiency and mismanagement.

Firefighting is a selfless job which requires technical skills and courage. A firemen combat fire to prevent loss of life and destruction of property and environment by risking his own life. Therefore, I appeal the concerned authorities to take notice of the poor condition of firefighters.

SIDRA TALHA,

Karachi, December 30.