The Airport Authority of India (AAI) hsd appointed Taniya Sanyal as first woman firefighter of India. Taniya belongs to Kolkata. She is currently going through her initial training at Delhi. She will join other firefighters in a month after her training. This is for the first time aviation authority has a woman as a team member in its firefighters team.
First woman firefighter Taniya Sanyal after completion of her training will be joining at AAI’s eastern region. She will be serving at Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Gaya, and Ranchi airports. All these airports comes under AAI’s eastern region.
Firefighters are required at every airport. There is shortage firefighters in AAI. As per recent information, AAI currently has 3,310 firefighters to serve at various airports. Adding women as firefighters will help AAI to tackle the problem of shortage of staff. Guruprasad Mohapatra who is current AAI chairman in a statement said that, department will hiring more number of women in future. The department has to made some changes to rule to do so.
New standards and set of rules for including women in team of firefighters have been made. As per rules, a male person to join as firefighter, should have height at least 1.6 metres and weight must be 50 Kg at least. But for women minimum weight condition is 40Kg. There is no change in roles and duties.
This is a good sign for women who are willing to join such kinds of fields. Indian government is also making efforts to add and increase participation of women. As a result of efforts government in 2015 allowed fighter stream for women. Recently it was Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi who also became first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo — Russian made MiG-21 Bison.
Other countries of world like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, have also allowed women in the role of fighter pilots. India still don’t allow women in Army and the Navy as combat roles due to some related concerns such as operationals and logistical constraints.