LAHORE Over 1,000 incidents of fire breakouts are reported every month in the City of some eight million people, but only 15 old vehicles are available with the Punjab Fire Brigade Department at its 13 centers to extinguish fire. The difference regarding pay of fire fighters of the Punjab Fire Brigade Dept and the fire fighters of Rescue 1122 is also an issue to be highlighted. According to the statistics, one out of the total three vehicles available with the Central Fire Station located at Town Hall is always deputed in front of the Punjab Assembly while one vehicle is placed at each centre, which are located at Ferozepur Road, Shahdara GT Road, Timber Market, Badami Bagh, Pani Wala Stop, Shah Muhammad Ghous, Scheme No-2, Shalamar Bagh, Mustafabad, Shaare-e-Fatima Jinnah, Cantt and Chowk Yateem Khana. Insiders claimed that former Punjab Chief Minister Ch. Pervaiz Elahi had imposed ban on recruitment in the Punjab Fire Brigade Department during his tenure and this move further created disappointment among the fire fighters. They maintained the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif instead of upgrading the equipment of the Citys District Government Punjab Fire Brigade Department increased budget for a newly established Fire Unit of Rescue 1122. Insiders alleged that fire fighters of Rescue 1122 were untrained and were lacking experience of fire fighting, which works as backbone in this regard. According to international law, at least one vehicle of new model must be included in the Fire Fighters convoy each year but in Pakistan the law was being violated. Talking to The Nation, Allah Ditta, Station Fire Officer, said almost 320 fire fighters including 55 drivers (fire men) were discharging their duties since long. 'There is a huge vacuum but owing to ban, no fresh officer could be recruited in the Punjab Fire Brigade, he added. 'Our scale is five as compared to a Fighter of Rescue 1122, who is enjoying 11 scales besides other facilities. This discrimination is likely to demolish our department, a senior official said requesting not to be named. Allah Ditta ,however, further told average 1100 incidents took place in the Punjab Capital on monthly basis but due to the influx of Rescue 1122, the Citys Fire Brigade had to cover only 700 to 800 incidents. Munir Ahmed Khan, President Punjab Fire Brigade Revolutionary Union, said the Fire Fighters of Rescue 1122 work as helpers with them but they further need to build their capacity. He demanded of the Punjab Government to provide them new vehicles, ladder-vehicles, helicopter, and other modern equipment as this was the need of time. He told a vehicle without ladder could not extinguish fire erupted at 18th floor of any building.