The Badung regency fire fighting service has labeled Kuta as that area of South Bali most at “very high risk” of fire. Kuta with a 91.89 density rating is home to an estimated 1,610 structures.
Meanwhile, nearby South Kuta and North Kuta have been given “moderate” fire ratings. Mengwi and Abiansemal earned “low risk” fire ratings. And Petang received a “very low” fires risk classification.
The head of Badung’s Fire Service, I Wayan Weda Dharmaja, told NusaBali, ”The dynamic human and physical development with high building structures play a strong role in fire risk.”
To anticipate the growing danger of fire, Dharmaja explained that the regency was developing fire stations hydrant locations. At the present time there are 115 fire hydrants in operation in Badung with 45 located in Kuta, 19 in Mengwi, 18 in South Kuta, 14 in Abiansemal, 12 in North Kuta and 7 in Petang.
Badung presently has 156 fire fighters spread across 8 squads. Dharmaja told the press that some of the firefighting equipment in place in Badung was in disrepair, needing urgent repair.
Rp. 7 billion (US$752,000) has been allocated in 2012 to purchase 4 new fire trucks, a tanker and a fire jeep.
In 2012 Badung recorded 75 fires causing a total of Rp. 16.439 billion (US$1.77 million) in damages. In 2011 there were 102 fires costing Rp. 14,439 billion (US$1.55 million). Through the end of April 2012 a total of 33 fires took place in Badung resulting in Rp.7.56 billion (US$812,000) in damages.
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