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Mumbai's brave firemen to be rewarded

December 03, 2008 20:05 IST

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Like citizens, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is also recognising efforts put in by firemen during the three-day terror attack on the city and has decided to reward them with an increment.

The firemen worked shoulder-to-shoulder with NSG commandos and the Maharashtra police during the three days, dousing flames that threatened to engulf the Taj and Oberoi-Trident [Images] structures and rescuing the injured.

"The firemen who have participated during the terror attack will be rewarded. The number has not been calculated yet but they will be given one increment," Chief Fire Officer Anil Sawant told PTI, adding the number of men to be rewarded would be around 250.

"The increment happens once in a year and this is in addition to that. This time the incident was terrible, first time in history. The firemen were face-to-face with terrorists and were battling the flames while the firing was going on, putting their life at risk," Sawant said.

The increment will be on the basic pay of the fireman in question, in the range of Rs 700-1000, Sawant added.

"We are happy with the recognition being provided to our efforts," a fireman said, adding that the civic body must also provide medical insurance to them and their family members since they are 'constantly in the line of fire'.

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