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More mini fire engines for city

ADDITIONAL small fire engines, ideal for tackling blazes in narrow downtown alleys and crowded streets, are to be deployed in Shanghai over the next five years.

The city has many old neighborhoods and lanes that are too narrow for larger fire vehicles.

And in some communities, parked private vehicles often make it difficult for larger fire engines to get through.

Li Ming, a local lawmaker, also pointed out that larger fire vehicles are often caught in downtown traffic, which could prove critical when rushing to emergencies.

Addressing these safety concerns, the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau said it is currently studying the technology involved in advanced, smaller fire engines, and the project has been made one of its top priorities between now and 2015.

As smaller vehicles can reach a fire scene before larger fire engines, this gives firefighters possibly vital extra minutes to tackle a blaze, the lawmaker added.

At the moment, only 80 out of the city's 600-plus fire engines are of smaller sizes. And many of the city's 120 fire stations do not have any such vehicles.

This move comes in the wake of the Jiaozhou Road inferno which engulfed a residential building and claimed 58 lives on November 15.

Large fire engines were at first unable to reach the fire due to narrow roads in the surrounding area.


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