|Deputy Minister Bui Van Thanh and delegates of the conference.
Lieutenant General Bui Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Public Security chaired the conference.
In Q1 of 2018, Vietnam saw 1,040 fire incidents, killing 31 and injuring 42, causing total damages worth some VND 271.4 billion. The first quarter of 2018 also saw 3 explosions, killing 2 and injuring 1, causing a total material loss of VND 10 million. The fire police force participated directly in fighting 549 fire incidents, saved 142 people, and found 104 bodies.
Delegates of the conference said, although fire incidents and explosions have been curbed in comparison with the same period of 2017, the situations of fire in residential areas have still remained very complex; as a result, they caused great casualties and property loss, and made people worried and anxious.
Deputy Minister Bui Van Thanh recognized and spoke highly of the efforts and achievements of the fire police in the past time.
He also emphasized that, amid the complex situation of fire, explosion and accidents, the fire police force had made efforts to deploy forces and means to effectively fight fire while minimizing the losses of human and property caused by fire or explosion.
Deputy Minister Bui Van Thanh also urged the fire police force to seriously and effectively follow the directions of the MPS on fire prevention and fighting; give good advice to the leaders of the MPS on proposals to the Prime Minister for promulgation of directives on strengthening fire prevention and fighting in residential areas. The fire police force was requested to develop a project to establish a fire prevention and fighting center in each locality so that local people are regularly educated and drill in fire prevention and fighting and rescue. By Duy Tien