& Emergency Services, J&K was established in the year 1893
as Srinagar Fire Brigade. Some of the town areas were also having their
fire brigades with few men. Earlier axes were used for hewing planks
and rafters of burning buildings and buckets were used for throwing
water. This was later replaced by steam engines which were made
operational by burning firewood to heat up water and were taken to
places on carts pulled by firemen. The equipment was later replaced by
steam engines which were operated by burning fire wood to heat up water
and were taken to places on carts. The department was initially having
05 Fire Stations and 60 Firemen and is the 3rd oldest Fire Brigade of
the country after Mumbai (1803) and Kolkata (1822). It is
presently 4th largest Fire Services
of the country.
Some of the Fire Stations are located in areas where the temperature falls below 30 Deg C and the Services has the pride of having Fire Station established at the highest altitude of 11500 ft at Leh known as “Roof of the World”. The motto of the Services is “We serve to save”.