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About Us

Fire & Emergency Services in Karnataka was first established in the year 1942 in Bangalore South & North under the administrative control of the Police department. Later, during the reorganization of the state, a few more fire stations at Bellary, Hospet, Mangalore, Udupi & Raichur were added to the Karnataka State. This system of functioning of fire services under the administrative control of the police department was continued till the enactment of Karnataka State Fire Services Act in 1964. Under the provisions of this Act, a separate Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services was created on 05-11-1965. Since then the department is working under the administrative control of the Director General of Fire & Emergency Services. Normally this post is held by an officer of the rank of Director General of Police. The Director General of Police also functions as the Commandant General of Home Guards and Ex-officio Director of Civil Defence.

The Director General of Fire & Emergency Services is assisted by the following officers in the day to day functioning of the department both in administration and technical matters.


Inspector General of Police & Additional Director General     

- On posting from Police

Deputy Inspector General of Fire Services.  

- On posting from Police
c) Director - Department Officer
d) Deputy Director (Tech.)  - Department Officer
e) Deputy Director (Admn) - Department Officer

f)  Administrative Officer

- Department Officer
g) Asst. Controller of Accounts - On posting from State Accounts

For the day to day functioning, the activities of the department are further grouped as follows:

  1. Operational
  2. Training
  3. Maintenance
  4. Communication
Operational :

This sub group is headed by 4 Chief Fire Officers based in Bangalore (2), Hubli(1) & Mangalore(1). Under each Chief Fire Officer 2 to 4 ranges function at Bangalore (2), Mysore, Davangere, Mangalore, Shimoga, Hubli, Bellary & Gulbarga.  Each range is under the supervision of a Regional Fire Officer, who has control over 3 to 4 districts.

Each district has a District Fire Officer, under whom there are 3 to 8 Fire Stations. Thus at present there are 144 Fire Stations and 4 Fire Protection Squads in 121 taluks out of 176 taluks in 29 districts. In addition to this, another 63 fire stations, sanctioned by the Government, are yet to be opened. These 62 fire stations will cover all the remaining 54 taluks and additional requirement of Bangalore City. Fire Station for Alur Taluk of Hassan District is yet to be sanctioned. Out of functioning 144 Fire Stations, 10 Fire Stations are in Hoblies, away from Taluk Headquarters and a few major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore have more than 1 fire station.

Functioning of the Station:
Except 4 stations in Bangalore (South, North, Highgrounds & Jayanagar), which function on 3 shifts, the remaining 140 stations function in 2 shifts.

3 Shift system is as follows:
07-00  to 14-00 hours
14-00  to 21-00 hours
21-00 hours to next day 07-00 hours.

2 Shift systems is as follows:
08-00 hours to 17-00 hours
17-00 hours to next day 08-00 hours.

On 07-03-2002 and on 02-07-2004 proposals were sent to the Govt. to extend the 3-shift facility to all the stations in 10 years. As per this proposal 146 additional posts are required to be sanctioned to extend the 3-shift system to the additional  7 stations and 4 Squads of Bangalore city in the 1st phase.  For this purpose Government, in letter No. HD 104/KFS/2001 dated 26-02-2003, have appointed a team under the charge of an Under Secretary, D.P.A.R. to examine the proposal. Deputy Director (Admn.) of the department is nominated as liaison officer.  This matter was also discussed in one of the meetings conducted by the Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka on 26-10-2004. This proposal is still pending.  


b) Training:
To train the newly recruited staff and in service personnel and also the employees of Industrial & Commercial establishments  and other occupations, a well established training Academy (R.A. Mundkur Fire and Emergency Service Academy) is functioning on Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore since 02-11-1970. Facilities to accommodate and train about 180 to 200 personnel, at a time, are available in this Academy.

The following training programmes are conducted regularly in the training Academy.

  6 months basic training for newly inducted Fire Station Officers & Firemen
  7 months basic training for newly inducted Fireman Drivers and
  4 months basic training for Driver Mechanics.
  Regular Refresher courses for all the ranks of the department.
  30 days Job oriented course on Fire prevention & Fire Fighting  to the general public.
  3 days training programme for the employees of Cinema, Petroleum & Explosive storages etc.

Special training programmes ranging from 1 to 6 days for the employees and occupants of Banks, Hotels, Police and other agencies, are also arranged on request. From the outsiders a nominal amount is collected as fee for arranging training and issuing certificates.

c) Maintenance:-
A well established workshop to repair vehicles and pumps of the department is available at Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. Skilled mechanics, under the supervision of a Regional Fire Officer are available in the workshop to attend to day-to-day problems and maintenance of vehicles. Major repairs on transmission side, body etc, are got done outside through authorised Dealers/ Workshops. The staff of workshop are often detailed to the stations to attend to the repairs of pump and PTO. 

d) Communication :-
The Department has both line communication (Telephone) and Wireless Network. These communication systems are maintained under the supervision of an officer of the rank of Police Inspector, drafted from police wireless on deputation.  The wireless communication is working on two bands ie.  148.525 & 148.725 Mhz. frequencies. Repeaters with frequencies 167.3375(RX), 173.3375(TX), 167.4125(RX) and 173.4125(TX) are functioning in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore & Hubli Ranges.  Plans are in place to extend these repeater facilities  to other major cities. Additional sets are also required to replace a few existing defective sets to cover all the stations with new sets and also to cover  the stations to be opened.