Fire has been viewed as a force both beneficent and destructive. The destructive potential of Fire poses a threat to our life, property and resources and it has been a major reason for the destruction of life as much as it has been a vital means and source of sustenance for mankind. The role of public fire protection service is to save life and property from fire and allied incidents and to minimize the outbreak of fires and its consequential loss within the jurisdiction of its responsibilities. With this end in view, the Directorate of Fire Service was established in 1984 to provide an efficient and effective fire and emergency services to aid people in distress and to protect the gains accrued through our sustained efforts in the State of Goa. Some of the major measures taken by the Government for development of Fire Services are:-
- Enactment of Goa, Daman and Diu Fire Force Act 1986
- Fire Service Discipline and Appeal Rules 1989
- Scheme for grant of Award Rewards for Fire Service Personnel 1997
- Fire Service Rules and Safety Regulations 1997
- Goa Chief Minister’s Fire Service Medal Rules 2000
The department generally attends emergency calls, which are not directly connected with fire, in order to help the people in distress. Over the years, it has attained a multi-dimensional role in saving and protecting life and property of the people with its activities in Fire Prevention, Fire suppression and Training.
Goa Fire Service has always handled challenges posed to it with dexterity and in the process upholding its cherished Motto “We Serve to Save” and living up to its reputation as a dependable Civil Emergency Force of the State.