Rescuers urged maintain standards set by pioneers

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Staff Reporter

The Members of Pioneer Batch of Rescue 1122 gathered here at Emergency Services Headquarters on Monday to commemorate the completion of 17 years of service.

The members recalled the memories and the moments they passed in establishing a Lifesaving Service.

It has rescued over 9.3m emergency victims through its Emergency Ambulance & saved losses worth over Rs. 501 billion while responding to over 163000 fire incidents through professional fire fighting in all Districts of Punjab.

In this regard, a ceremony was organized at Emergency Services Headquarters and was chaired by DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer; and participated by pioneer officers including DD (HR) Dr. Foaad Shahzad Mirza, DEO Nankana Saheb Muhammad Akram, RSO Muhammad Azam, Sifwat Sajjad, Anjum, Rana Qadeer, Imran Ali, Rana Ehsan, Hafiz Hafeez, Zia Ul Mustafa, Ameer Usman, Sajid Ali, and others.

While recalling the moments and collective efforts for establishing a Model Emergency Management System in Pakistan, DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer congratulated the rescuers of the pioneer batch and said, “I along with around pioneer rescuers were worried about their training when the Commandant Elite Police provided the training ground of Elite Police at Bedian”.

He said that we started from zero, we have established a modern training institute in Lahore from which is a Model among the SAARC countries. As many as 20000 emergency personnel across Pakistan have been provided training including 14000 personnel from Punjab.

Today, Pakistan Rescue Team of Emergency Services Academy (Rescue 1122) Lahore has gained another honor being a First United Nations-INSARAG Classified team in South Asia.

“In early days, at a moment someone asked me to stop this training but I did never loose heart and continued it with my rescuers,” he added.

He said he was glad to see those who joined the Service as EMTs or Station Coordinators are today working as Officers. He said now it was their responsibility to ensure the standards for the Service.

He asked the District Emergency Officers to ensure their physical fitness and enhance their capacities and performance, adding rescue officers should be role model for their subordinates. He stressed upon them to maintain service standards set by the pioneer batch.