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Fire and Rescue Service conducts mock drill on Tuticorin shore

The Fire and Rescue Service Department conducted mock `search and rescue operations' on the seashore adjacent to the Tuticorin Thermal Power Station here on Thursday.

R.G. Jayakanthan, District Fire Officer, said the operation was conducted to create awareness of evacuation and rescue techniques to the coastal people, prior to the onset of North East monsoon, when there were possibilities of sea getting rough and waves flooding their hamlets.

As part of the exercise, a person who was `taken' away by the tides was `rescued' by the Fire and Rescue Service personnel.

He was then `carried' in an ambulance to the first aid centre, where his life was brought to `normal'.

The Fire service personnel also demonstrated how to rescue a person who got stranded on the top of a building, while the area was flooded by the intrusion of sea, using ropes and ladder.

In all, two fire tenders, an ambulance and other life saving gadgets were used for the mock drill.

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, and senior officials from the Fire and Rescue Service Department, were present.

Source: The Hindu

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