A fire can be devastating, especially in a hospital where large numbers of people who need to be evacuated may be vulnerable – immunocompromised, on life support and unable to move on their own. Therefore, as a major safety measure, Western Railway has commissioned the entire fire protection system at Jagjivan Ram Hospital (JRH) in Mumbai Central. This system was set up on the initiative of the engineering department of the Mumbai division of Western Railway.
According to Sumit Thakur, Public Relations Manager of Western Railway, the system includes fire alarm systems, fire pumps (centrifugal and jockey), automatic sprinkler system, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, buckets, aerosol systems, fire doors, line drencher (water curtain), clean agent for OT & other sensitive areas and underground and terraced tanks.
WR installed 1100 sprinklers, about 70 fire extinguishers (ABC and Co2), 3 centrifugal and jockey pumps, 18 aerosol systems, 6 overhead fire water tanks for booster pump with capacity of 5000 liters, etc. , in accordance with the appropriate fire protection according to the National Building Code 2016. According to the National Building Code (NBC) 2016, hospitals, sanitariums and nursing homes are classified in subdivision C-1 of the group C for institutional buildings.
The NBC gives detailed guidelines for materials of construction, general requirements for all buildings, life safety, fire protection, additional occupancy requirements and specific requirements for buildings over 15 meters. The installation work of a fire protection system at JRH has been commissioned to comply with the standards of Part 4 – Fire and life safety of the NBC 2016.