Hanoians swing the rope

One of the escape solutions offered by the Hanoi government with the 26th floor of CT1 Xa La apartment building (Phuc La, Ha Dong), if a fire occurs, is to swing the rope ladder to the floor below or to the ground.

The above apartment building is one of 17 existing constructions which violated the difficult fire fighting situation in Hanoi. And the swing down from the 26th floor is an "alternative" that the government proposed to the people.

When the press wondered why the fire protection standards of these structures were lowered, the director of the Hanoi Police Department, Hoang Quoc Dinh, said that this was not "lowering standards" but "having higher standards. technical qualification acceptable. ”

I have been on the scene reporting on many fires, but I have not seen professional firefighters swing the rope ladder from the 26th floor to the ground. So I did not imagine the image of the people, including the elderly, children, how to escape with a rope ladder at the height of 70 - 80m.

That solution, from an "acceptable" technical point of view, was not a technical expert to judge. But from an information perspective, Hanoi's behavior with buildings that do not meet fire safety standards makes observers worried.

Information from the authorities is dancing. On the same day, April 4, the leader of the FPF gave 3 different figures about the apartment buildings that violated FPF. At a meeting of the City Party Committee in the morning, Deputy Director of FPF said, there were 31 apartment violations. Announcing at a press conference the same day, the director of this department said only 28 apartments were in violation. But when questioned by the press right after the meeting, he himself gave the number "there are 29 remaining apartments in violation". A week earlier, another deputy director informed the People's Council that 38 apartments were still in violation.

The story of fire prevention and fighting in apartments is the focus of public opinion, in the context of the Carina apartment fire in Ho Chi Minh City caused serious consequences. However, the common denominator behind the statements is the inability for the fire prevention and control condominiums to let people in.

In Nam Tu Liem, representative of the Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department No. 3 said that only commercial and office floors could be coerced, floors where residents wanted to be compelled to study law carefully. In Thanh Xuan, the district chairman declared that the fault first of all belonged to the investor and the people themselves and the district "could not send a 24-hour watchman" to prevent people from entering.

And the story doesn't stop at commercial apartments. From plots, mini apartments, resettlement houses, all have a very ominous history of fire prevention.

At the end of 2015, after the end of fire prevention and fighting supervision in resettlement apartment buildings, the Head of the Legal Department of the People's Council once issued a warning of fire prevention violations in these works. ”. He used the word "catastrophe" if a fire occurred in a resettlement apartment.

Nearly 3 years later, the leader of the Hanoi Housing Management and Development Enterprise, the unit managing the resettlement apartment, still stated that all resettlement apartments in the city area were still "problematic". about fire protection ”.

Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Suu, when working with the Fire Protection Department, once cited the press of the press about "coffins" when describing the risk of fire in ground houses built in a blocky style. exit. Hanoi still has about half a million such houses.

Fire department leaders advised people to "boycott" not to buy mini apartments because of many potential risks, including fire fighting. But Hanoi has never given an official number of mini apartments in the area. There is also no separate supervision on this type of apartment.

While the government is still discussing how to manage, hundreds of mini apartments have sprung up, tens of thousands of people still have to fight their lives, they can not "boycott", they need a suitable place for their pockets. money they have.

With all these problems discovered and lasting for many years, Hanoi needs many alternatives to many substandard ones.

If I needed an example of an effective "alternative" in firefighting, I would only have seen it once. That is the scene of the Quang market fire in Thanh Tri in March. That day, the fire department had to mobilize the car to wash the road to get water to fight fire. The reason for this innovative and mobile solution: Hanoi still lacks 3,500 water posts, the most basic infrastructure in fire protection.

And to implement "alternatives" in an emergency situation, not everyone is brave enough. In the opening match of V-League 2018 between Hanoi and Hai Phong on Hang Day yard, the impressive image for me that day was not the audience filling the pitch or the only goal of the match. It was a picture of a fireman kicking a flare with a foot - thrown into the yard from Hai Phong fans - onto the line.

The firefighter had been carefully trained, to have the bravery to react to the fire, but could not avoid a spontaneous reaction to the flare in front of him. He could not calmly handle it, but kicked it away. It was at that moment, in my mind, I asked the question, if the apartment burns, can an ordinary person calmly swing on the rope from 80m to escape as an alternative that authorities have suggested?

Vo Hai