National police academy delegation visits rescue headquarters

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Staff Reporter

All the police officers need to be aware that Punjab Emergency Service Act provides the right to emergency care to all citizens without any discrimination in case of any emergency and disaster. Both organizations Police and Rescue Service should have a good working understanding of each other domain, coordination to deal with any emergency or crime incident in professional manner. DG Rescue Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer stated this on Wednesday while talking to members of study delegation of ASPs under the 47th Specialized Training Program at Emergency Services Headquarters / Academy here on Wednesday. A total of 26-members delegation of National Police Academy consisting of 18 ASSP including three ladies ASSP and 8 faculty/ staff members visited the Rescue Emergency Services Headquarters and Academy. On this occasion, DG Rescue Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed the delegation about Emergency Services Reforms in Pakistan and the reasons behind the success of Rescue 1122, which was launched as a pilot project from Lahore with 14 Ambulances, 6 Rescue Stations, and 200 rescuers. He briefed that the Service has rescued over 9 million victims of emergencies and saved losses over 480 billion rupees in over 156,000 fire incidents by timely emergency response and professional freighting. Besides that, it is an honour for all of us that the Pakistan Rescue Team of Emergency Services Academy has become the first United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), Classified Team, in South Asia. He also highlighted that Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) have been established in all Union Councils of Punjab for the management of emergencies and promoting safety. Furthermore, these CERTs along with Rescuers further trained thousands of first aiders across Punjab. Dr Rizwan Naseer also highlighted that an effective monitoring system also helps to maintain the standard of the Service. In order to ensure the uniform standards of Emergency Service in all Districts of Punjab, Provincial Monitoring Cell was established at Headquarters which included visual monitoring of control rooms, fleet management and tracking system, citizen feedback and the overall emergency data. He said Rescue Service has also started Rescue Mobile App to give direct access to the caller for immediate provision of Rescue Service. Besides that RCC mobile app is about to launch for engagement of youth in healthy activities. The students trained on life-saving skills through the app can get hands-on practice/ drill in their educational institutions by Rescue trainers.

Earlier the delegation witnessed ongoing specialized training activities of Fire, Rescue, Medical, Deep Well Rescue, Burn House, Fire Fit Challenge, Height Rescue, Water Rescue, Swimming, Urban Search & Rescue, and physical fitness training. The delegates also visited the Medical, Fire and Rescue Labs where they were briefed about the appropriate use of rescue equipment in rescue operations as well as its usage in Emergency Services Academy for training purposes.
On behalf of the NPA delegation ASP Rana Muhammad Dilawar appreciated the services of Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer and his team to provide a sense of safety to citizens and achievement of UN-INSARAG Classification and presented an honorary shield to DG Rescue Punjab.