HCMC to upgrade firefighting capabilities with helicopters

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Ho Chi Minh City's authorities will equip local firefighting departments with a total of six helicopters along with other advancements to related infrastructures by 2025, VnExpress reported.

Under a recently-approved project to upgrade the city's firefighting capacity, 97 new firefighting and rescue teams will start operating across the city between now and 2020, the online newspaper said.

An additional 101 teams will be introduced in between 2020-2025, it added.

The HCMC People's Committee has also announced plans to build a network of fire hydrants to achieve a ratio of one hydrant every 300 meters along streets.

According to authorities, a lack of water is one of the city's main obstacles in dealing with large-scale fires that have caused "serious" damage to residential and industrial areas in recent years.

HCMC has nearly 3,500 kilometers of roads equipped with some 5,800 fire hydrants, while regulations require it to have 23,000, authorities admitted.

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