The 7th National Rescue Challenge started at Emergency Services Academy (Rescue 1122) on Wednesday in order to improve coordination and to ensure uniform standards of Emergency Services in the country.
Director General, Punjab Emergency Service, Dr Rizwan Naseer formally inaugurated the 7th National Rescue Challenge and welcomed all the teams.
He said the main purpose of conducting this Challenge was 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.
He further said that such healthy competitions will help in capacity building, skill enhancement and improvement of professional skills of emergency services in Pakistan.
The DG Rescue Punjab wished that all teams are taking part in this contest with amply preparedness and every team will endeavour to win this competition.
He said, “We had organized 1st National Rescue Challenge in 2011 and now it is added with another honour that Emergency Services Academy had also organized 1st SAARC Rescue Challenge & Workshop in Pakistan in February 2018 in which emergency services and other concerned stakeholders were also invited.” Now 7th National Rescue Challenge was being organized at National Centre of Excellence from 10-12 October 2018 with a hope that all teams would be more prepared for next SAARC Rescue Challenge through this competition. He further appreciated the teams and asked them to show the same spirit and passion while dealing with emergencies in respective districts.
A total of 13 Rescue Teams from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rescue Wardens from Sialkot and University of Lahore are participating in six 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.
On the first day of the challenge, different emergency scenarios like Fire Fit, Height Rescue, Swimming, Deep Well Rescue, Trauma and others were given to participating teams at Emergency Services Academy.
The event would conclude on October 12, 2018.