72 rescue drivers sworn in



Staff Reporter

The oath-taking ceremony of the sixth short course for 72 rescue drivers was held at Emergency Services Academy here on Wednesday.

Director General Punjab Emergency Service Department (PESD) Dr Rizwan Naseer was the chief guest at the ceremony.

He administered oath to the 72 rescuers of different districts of Punjab, who completed the short course successfully. The senior officers from Rescue Headquarters, Emergency Services Academy and a large number of rescuers attended the ceremony.

These rescuers have been trained on Road Safety, Emergency Vehicle driving, Motorbike driving and Community Action for Disaster Response during the six weeks training program.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rizwan Naseer congratulated rescuer drivers on their successful completion of professional training and becoming part of the Rescue family as well. He said that Rescue 1122 Punjab has rescued over 9.8 million victims of emergencies since its inception.

The Rescue Service started as a pilot project from District Lahore to ensure human resource development of long neglected emergency services in Pakistan.

The Government of the Punjab through Rescue Service is providing technical assistance to other provinces for establishment /replication of this lifesaving model of the Emergency Service.

Now, the 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 2006.

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

He also told them that the Team of Emergency Services Academy has become the first United Nations INSARAG certified team in South Asia for international disaster response.

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