Reach falls short of rising urban heights
Kurdistan cities show wide disparities in high-rise firefighting abilities
ERBIL — In Kurdistan, the efficacy of urban firefighting services in managing emergencies in high-rise buildings varies significantly from city to city, admit statements from representatives of various municipalities.
Karwan Mirawdali, the spokesperson for Erbil Civil Defense, told 964media that their equipment and tools are sufficient for emergencies in buildings up to the 12th floor in Erbil.
Duhok counterpart Bewar Abdulaziz said their capabilities are limited to the 6th floor of buildings.
Sulaymaniyah, however, presents a more optimistic picture. Aram Ali, spokesperson for the Sulaymaniyah Civil Defense, assured 964media, “Our equipment is fully prepared to handle emergencies at any building height, ensuring we can manage any situation effectively.”
Halabja, on the other hand, demonstrates a more modest firefighting capability, with officials noting that local construction has not surpassed six floors. Zanyar Omar, spokesperson for the Halabja Civil Defense, informed 964media, “Our gear and ladders are equipped to reach the fourth floor of buildings.”
Representatives from the different civil defense departments stressed that “We carry out inspections on buildings at the time of permit issuance, during construction, and upon completion to ensure compliance with civil safety standards, denying permits where necessary.”