467 rescuers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab pass out

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Staff Reporter

The passing-out ceremony of 467 rescuers including 393 rescuers trained for the establishment of Emergency Service in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 74 rescuers of Punjab held at Emergency Services Academy amid strict implementation corona SOPs here on Monday.

The specialized training has been imparted to the rolled out rescuers to to provide emergency services and help to corona patients.

Chief Minister Usman Ahmad Khan Buzdar, Information Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Kamran Khan Bangash represented Chief Minister KPK, Secretary for Relief Rehabilitation & Settlement Department KPK Muhammad Iqbal Wazir, Member Punjab Emergency Council MPA Ms MussaratJamshed Cheema, Director General Punjab Emergency Service Department (PESD) Dr Rizwan Naseer, Dr Khateer Ahmad, Director General Rescue Service KPK, senior Rescue Officers from Punjab and KPK, Emergency Services Academy and a large number of rescuers and their parents attended the ceremony.

In his welcoming address, PESD DG Dr Rizwan Naseer administered oath to the 467 rescuers including 459 male (390 KP, 69 Punjab) and 8 females (3 KP, 5 Punjab).

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar welcomed guests from KPK and congratulated the Passing out Rescuers on successful completion of specialized training and becoming part of the leading emergency service of South Asia.

On the occasion, Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed that Emergency Service started from District Lahore in 2004 now available in all districts of Punjab. The service has rescued over 9.6 million victims of emergencies since its inception in October 2004.

The Punjab government through Rescue 1122 is providing technical assistance to other provinces for the establishment of this lifesaving service in their respective provinces.

“Now, emergency services are being provided to the citizens of other provinces,” Furthermore, Emergency Services Academy has trained over 20,000 Rescuers for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Baluchistan and Aman Foundation from Karachi since 2004.

Emergency Services Academy has become a platform for providing professional training to rescuers of all provinces of Pakistan and even South Asian countries can get benefit from this training facility.

He further said that the Search and Rescue Team of Academy has become the first United Nations INSARAG certified team in South Asia.

In his speech, KPK Information Minister Mr Kamran Khan Bangash appreciated the rescue services rendered by all rescuers of Punjab and KPK.

He hoped that these rescuers would perform their duty with zeal and zest to serve humanity.

He expressed specially gratitude to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on behalf of the KPK Chief Minister for providing training and technical assistance to Rescue Service KPK.

Earlier, the passing out cadets demonstrated their professional skills of emergency management during mock exercises of deep well rescue, water rescue, fire-fighting, urban search and rescue, rescue from confined spaces & rescue from height.

At the end, the chief guest distributed best performance awards to the highest achievers of the course.

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