Policy for cadets’ induction into USAR teams finalised

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Lahore—Punjab Emergency Service, Director General, Brig (R) Arshad Zia has said that a policy framework has been finalised for induction of cadets into newly-formed Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams at divisional headquarters level.
He said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had decided to set up the USAR teams at all nine divisional headquarters of Punjab. Training was al-ready being provided to cadets for Rawalpindi and Lahore UASR teams, and process for constituting all nine teams would be com-pleted by the end of 2018, he added.
During his visit to Emergency Service Academy here on Saturday, he held a meeting with Acad-emy Director General Brig (R) Amir Hamza, Registrar Dr Muhammad Farhan Khalid, Regional Emergency Officer Mian Riffat Zia, Head of Operations Rescue 1122 Ayaz Aslam and other senior rescue officials.
Addressing the under-training cadets for Lahore and Rawalpindi divisional teams, Dr Arshad Zia said that the need for establishment of modern and fully equipped USAR teams was felt after various natural calamities and disasters.
He said that on the directions of the Punjab CM, Home Secretary Maj (R) Azam Suleman consti-tuted a committee to identify and standardise the specifications of machinery and equipment required for the USAR teams.
The committee comprising Pakistan Army, Capital Devel-opment Authority, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Home Department, Rescue 1122 etc, finalised the specifications, he added.—APP

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