First women firefighter of India from Kolkata.

With the appointment of first ever woman firefighter in Airports Authority of India, the last all-male bastion of Indian aviation has fallen. As the fire service is the mandatory condition for planes to land anywhere, the state-run authority currently has 3310 firefighters.

Taniya Sanyal a Kolkatan girl will join their ranks after completing training in a month. AAI till did not have recruitment norms for women firefighter. This profession is only considered for men.

In an interview with Times of India, AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra, who brought about this change, told “We were facing a shortage of firefighters due to expansion and new airports coming up. We brought in contemporary rules and decided to recruit women in this field which required criteria for physical standards. I had done similar rule changes in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for firefighters. We got hold of them and then set the standards for recruiting women firefighters. This is the first time a woman has joined our ranks in this field and it will continue now.”

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The minimum height and weight required about 1.6 meters and 50 Kg respectively. These physical standards for women were set at 40 Kg and height norms were also reduced. The work description for woman firefighters has been kept exactly the same.

Taniya Sanyal has been appointed for AAI’s eastern region airports that include Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Gaya, and Ranchi. She will be working at one of these airports once she completes her training at Kolkata firefighting center.

“It is a matter of pride and a great honor for me. I always wanted to do something challenging. Firefighting is a very noble calling.” Asked if her family supported her when she wanted to take up this job, she said “everyone supported me”, she told in an interview.


Firdous Ahmed

24 Apr 2018 01:17 AM

Congratulations.wish yu good luck🇧🇩🇮🇳🇺🇸

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