The Firefighters were killed while trying to douse a fire that broke out at Desamangalam on the district’s border. The fire which, authorities believe was set deliberately was reported on Sunday morning and by afternoon it had got out of control.
Following the death of the 3 Firefighters, there are allegations that the department was not prepared to deal with wildfires, which is going to spike in the next few months. Accusations are that forest fire departments across the country are severely ill-equipped when it comes to controlling wildfires. The kind of deployment of resources in Australia fires is something that India can only dream of. Many see this as the result of not having a well thought out policy at the national level.