Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Service came into existence in the year 1972 after the state was bifurcated from Assam. Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Service is functioning with 5 (five) Fire Stations and 29 (twenty-nine) Sub-Fire Stations and 4 (four) temporary Fire Camps in the state being manned by 876 (eight hundred seventy-six) personnel in various ranks.
Command & Control Of Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Services: The Office of the Superintendent of Police, (Fire Service) came into existence in February-1995 with the administrative control of East Khasi Hills District Fire & Emergency Service Station / Sub Stations. Later in 1997 the administrative control of remaining three districts in eastern range has also been taken over by the Superintendent of Police, (Fire Service).
At present, the Administrative control of the Six Districts of Eastern Range i.e. East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills & Ri-Bhoi District F&ES Station / Sub-Station is vested under the command and control of Superintendent of Police, (F&ES), Meghalaya, Shillong. Whereas, the remaining five district of Western Range i.e. West Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, North Garo Hills & South Garo Hills F&ES Station / Sub-Stations are functioning under the command & control of respective Districts Superintendents of Police. However, the overall supervision is vested with the Addl. Director General of Police, (F&ES), Meghalaya, Shillong.
Role of Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Services:- The primary role of Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Services is to attend to all fire incidents, Special Service Calls, other emergencies such as building collapse, road accidents, drowning cases, natural disasters such as landslides, flash floods and other natural calamities. In order to minimize the recurrence of outbreak of fire incidents, and to ensure that effective Fire Prevention is adopted, Meghalaya Fire & Emergency Service is regularly conducting Fire Safety Audits of all types of buildings, Inspections of shopping malls, cinema halls, high rise buildings, industries, Govt. offices, public buildings etc, creating awareness on fire safety , and enforcing the inbuilt fire protection arrangements for various types of constructions in line with National Building Code 2016 (Part IV).
The vision of the Fire & Emergency Service is to ensure that the State of Meghalaya is a Fire free State for which stress are being given for implementation of the fire safety measures in all the parts of the state including those places which are vulnerable to fire or which are considered as fire risk area.