1122 Rescuers raise Pakistan flag higher

Deeba Shahnaz Akhter

THE Scottish Parliamentarian Belle Hanzala Malik official statement about Emergency Service Rescue 1122 on Basic 19threscuers passing out ceremony held at Emergency Services Academy Lahore was not only a motivational and encouragement state-ment for the management of the Emergency Service rescue 1122, rather it was an acknowledgement from international level for the organization and Government of Punjab.
Speaking on the occasion he recorded his words that “Historically, I had said that Rescue 1122 was second Service after Armed forces but today, I offi-cially announce that Rescue 1122 is no longer second organization after Armed forces and now it is equivalent to Armed Forces in Pakistan. Rescuers have proved that they are brave sons of soil as they put their lives in danger to save others’ lives. I have witnessed excellent professionalism of rescuer and rescue officers during all major operations including floods in Punjab especially in southern belt in 2010, 2014, 2015 and Earthquake.
I would like to appreci-ate Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Sha-hbaz Sharif for his continuous support for upgrading and expanding Rescue 1122 Service all over the Punjab even at tehsil level. Furthermore, the Emergency Service is providing assistance to other provinces in terms of training and technical assistance resulted the Service has been replicated in Khber Paktunkhwa, Gilgit, Sakrdu, Azad Kashmir and Balochistan.
The Scottish Parliamentarian Belle Hanzala Malik statement is not only important because of his international political stature rather he is the person who extended his full cooperation to Emergency Service for establishing Modern Fire Service in Pakistan. He also expressed his deep pleasure over successful performance/ training and congratulated Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Brig. (R) Dr. Arshad Zia and Director General Brig. (R) Amir Hamza along with team especially pioneer senior officers for their devotion and continuous struggle towards ensuring a Safer Pakistan.
Furthermore, he shared his experience related to training arrangements of rescue officers in UK. He mentioned that he had a fear for unsuccessful results from participants but rescue officers raised Pakistani flag by showing excellent performance during international training and they made me proud in front of foreign trainers and colleagues.
I really feel proud to see that Rescue Service is growing continuously and Government is also fully concerned about an organization who is providing professional emergency response in all emergencies without any discrimina-tion of caste and creed. Rescuers put their lives at risk like other armed forces, and rescuers contribu-tion towards swift emergency response and developing sense of safety in the community is commendable.(He added)
The passed out rescuers in 19th Passing out ceremony will serve in different districts of Punjab after hospital training in their concerned districts. These rescuers have been inculcated emergency management skills through lectures, presentations, case study, hands on practice and mock exercises on different scenarios by highly qualified team of train-ers deputed at Emergency Services Academy including regional certified master trainers Muhammad Ahsan Heads of all Training Wings and Dr Farhan Khalid Registrar Academy under the vibrant command of Brig(R) Amir Hamza.
The first Director General Emergency Services Academy (ESA) possesses vast exposure of international trainings and extensive experience of management in one of the leading organization Pakistan Army. The commitment and dedication of Director General ESA Brig (R) Amir Hamza and his wonderful team towards bringing innovation in training shall not only uplift the training academy but it would definitely enhance the operational capacity of Emergency Service.
The rescuers received title from chief guest “equivalent to armed forces” due to their services in the operations. It is an obvious fact that services rendered by the operational staff and management are commendable without any doubt but it would also be unethical to disintegrate success of rescue operations from training of the rescuers in the field of medical, deep well rescue, water rescue, fire-fighting, urban search and rescue, rescue from confined spaces during smoke, rescue from height, collapsed structure search and rescue, incident command system, communication and community safety training from Emergency Services Academy (ESA),which results an excellent output in real emergency situation.
Rescue Service maintained standard of the quality training, provision of timely emergency services to helpless victims and provided sense of safety to the citizen since its establishment in October 2004. The management is committed to strengthen emergency management system with the support of Govern-ment and International linked organizations. Thanks to Mr. Hanzala for his valuable comments and will look forward towards his continuous support to strengthen emergency service in Pakistan.
—The writer is Head of Information Department, Rescue 1122 Punjab deeba_uroog@yahoo .com

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