The fire service is set to acquire a 60-metre platform to battle fires in tall buildings all over Cyprus but this alone is not enough to fight fires in high rise buildings, fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis said on Monday.
At present, the highest hydraulic platform available, which was purchased in 2018, is 30 metres and can reach up to the tenth floor, while the new one will be able to reach the top of a 20-storey building.
“There are buildings which are much taller than this,” Kettis explained, “and for those the fire service consults with the owners. We see to it that they have an autonomous fire fighting system with sprinklers, an alarm system, fire proof doors and curtains, all of which help the fire fighters.”
The cost of the new hydraulic platform is expected to be around €1.7 million, and tenders will be announced soon. It is expected to be in place in 2020.
The platform will be needed as new buildings are getting higher and higher. A total of 93 new applications for high rise buildings are pending, the department of urban planning told daily Phileleftheros. Of these, 55 are planned for Limassol, 15 for Larnaca, 15 for Paphos and 8 for Nicosia.
The fire service will also acquire a modern coordination centre which will be transported to major fires. The centre will be equipped with interactive maps and will be able to predict how a fire will develop.
In addition, large fire trucks at Paphos Gate will be replaced with more flexible smaller vehicles which can circulate more easily in the old town. Delivery is planned for next year.