National Rescue Challenge starts at Emergency Services Academy

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—The 5th National Rescue Challenge started at Emergency Services Academy (Rescue 1122) on Tuesday. DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer formally inaugurated the Rescue Challenge. Turkish representative of Emergency Medical Services Dr. Mustafa Bolkan, DG ESA Brig. (R) Amir Hamza, Turkish medical professionals Serdar Tasezen and Fatih Karademir, Registrar Academy Dr. Farhan Khalid, Provincial Monitoring Officer Mian Riffat Zia and other senior officers were present on this occasion. The event would end on 1st December, 2016. Total 14 Rescue Teams from Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw, Baluchistan, Rescue Wardens from Sialkot and Lahore University are participating in seven challenges including Trauma, Fire Fit, Water Rescue, Swimming, Deep Well Rescue and Height Rescue Challenges, which are being evaluated in accordance with the international standards of emergency management by giving difficult emergency scenarios and situations to respond effectively. The main purpose of conducting this Challenge is to encourage the emergency services across the country to enhance their professional skills and competencies to meet new challenges resulting from increasing number of emergencies.
While inaugurating the Challenge & addressing the participants, DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer said such healthy competitions are necessary for improvements in professional skills of emergency services. He said that we organized 1st National Rescue Challenge in 2011 and now its historic moment that we are organizing 5th National Rescue Challenge and next year we shall organize International Rescue Challenge & hoped Turkish Rescue Team would also participate in that Challenge.
He thanked to the representatives of Medical Services for initiating exchange program under which 40 Rescue Officers will undergo capacity building training in Turkish Training Academy in two batches in first half of next year. He further appreciated the teams and asked them to show same spirit and passion while dealing to emergencies in respective districts.
Dr. Mustafa Bolkan, the representative of Turkish Medical Services while inaugurating the Trauma Challenge, said that notwithstanding we are different geographically but we have the same history and feeling of Muslim Brotherhood. “I’m happy to see the development of emergency services in Pakistan within short span of ten years,” he said, adding we will further progress in this sector together. Dr. Mustafa said that Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogon enjoys brotherly relationship with Pakistan’s leadership especially Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He said President has specifically directed them to strengthen relationship through exchange program between Turkey and Pakistan.
He further thanked Dr. Rizwan Naseer for establishment and development of emergency services in Pakistan. Director General Emergency Services Academy Brig. (R) Amir Hamza also appreciated the brother country’s services for Pakistan in every difficult situation.