In 2014, Hanoi will focus on taking various measures to raise the efficiency of fire prevention and fighting and rescue work in a bid to reduce the total number of fires by 5 – 10 percent against last year’s figure.

Emphasis will be placed on boosting the effectiveness of popularisation work and mobilising people’s involvement in fire prevention and fighting, in addition to stepping up collaboration between relevant units to get fires under control in the fastest possible way.

To limit fires and serious human and property losses, the municipal Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department will continue to enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of the work, said Vice Director of the department Hoang Quoc Dinh.

In 2013, a combined number of 161 fires and explosions occurred in the city, claiming 12 lives, injuring 21 people, and causing 45 billion VND (2.1 million USD) in damage, which was mainly attributed to electrical short circuits.-VNA