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Fire response time at Expo just 3 minutes

FIRE engines will be able to reach any fire inside the World Expo site within three minutes, two minutes faster than the city's average speed, local authorities said yesterday.

Five permanent fire control stations, four temporary ones and a fire control port on the 5.28-square-kilometer Expo site will be able to spot a fire within a minute and send firemen to the scene in three minutes during the six-month event, said the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau.

A new amphibian fire control station at the Expo site - the first in the city - will be put into use in March.

The Linyi station, at the Pudong section near the Nanpu Bridge, will have a port for three fireboats, and will watch for fire not only on land, but on the Huangpu River, which bisects the Expo site.

About 60 percent of the construction of the Expo fire-control buildings has been completed, and the rest will be ready in April, according to Zhou Meiliang, an official with the bureau.

Qian Bin, also of the fire control bureau, said Shanghai has built 42 stations in the past six years at a cost of nearly 1 billion yuan (US$146 million).

By May 1, Expo's opening day, the city will have 120 stations. Still to come: The Hongqiao station, opening in April. It will function as a fire control hub, covering the Great Hongqiao area, including Changning and part of Minhang and Qingpu districts.

Shanghai has a higher incidence of fire accidents than most places in China because of the large number of people, goods and businesses, said Chen Fei, director of the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau.

But the scarcity of land in the downtown area and the high cost of relocation are hampering construction of new stations, said Qu Weikang, another official of the bureau.


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