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The Indian Army’s HQ, Southern Command, recently conducted a day-long fighting exercise, ‘Agni Daman - 23’ with 56 firefighting columns, including 32 from civil agencies.

About AGNI DAMAN-23:

  • It is a firefighting exercise conducted under the aegis of Indian Army’s HQ, Southern Command.
  • Objective: Enhance synergy among firefighters to work together in the event of major fire incidents.
  • The exercise was conducted at 29 Field Ammunition Depot (FAD) , Dehu Road, Pune.
  • A total of 56 firefighting columns including 32 from civil agencies like National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), MC Alandi, Fire Department Pimpri Chinchwad, PMRDA Akurdi, MIDC Ambi Talegaon, MC Talegaon Dhabade, Nagar Parishad Chakan, Main Fire Department Bhawani Peth, Tata Motors Ltd, Mahindra Vehicle Ltd & Bajaj Auto participated in the exercise.
  • The exercise provided impetus & opportunity to the combatant manpower including central/state agencies to perform coordinated firefighting & render maximum aid in minimum possible time to the affected areas to save precious lives & valuable assets.


Q1) What is the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF)?

The NDRF was constituted under Section 44 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for a specialized response to natural and man-made disasters. At present, NDRF comprise of 12 battalions, with each battalion consisting 1149 personnel.

Source: Pune: Indian Army conducts joint exercise with civic agencies to tackle fire incidents