Officials prevented from giving training to religious, political groups

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Thiruvananthapuram: Fire Force Chief has released a circular asserting that the department should not impart rescue training to religious or political organisations in the state. However, the government approved organisations and mercantile institutions can be provided with training. The circular has been published following the controversial training provided by the Fire Safety officers for Popular Front activists in Aluva.

The circular also states that the decision over the applications of training shall be made only after consulting higher officials of the department. Citing dereliction of duty, Fire Force Chief B Sandhya had recommended action against five officers who gave training to the rescue workers of Popular Front. The incident had affected the reputation of the department as it was ridiculed on social media.

The fire force officials had trained Popular Front Relief Team at the Aluva Town Hall on the 30th of January as part of the state-level inauguration. The training was provided on topics including procedures to be followed during disaster. However, the training was ridiculed by many on social media. Following this, a probe was initiated against officials.

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