Lahore: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) and the Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps, under which the Service shall impart training among the personnel of Pakistan Army.
The MoU signing ceremony took place here at Emergency Services Academy on Saturday where 16 personnel of Medical Corps of Pakistan Army completed their four-month long Rescue Training. Brig (r) Dr. Arshad Zia, Administrator Emergency Services Academy, Brig Zahid Hamid, Commandant Army Medical Corps School and Center, Abbotabad, Director General Rescue 1122 Dr. Rizwan Naseer and Major General Waqar Ahmed Khan, Deputy Surgeon General/ DGMS (IS), Army Medical Corps, GHQ, Rawalpindi signed the MoU.
According to the MOU, Rescue 1122 shall provide technical assistance in designing of the project for establishment of Emergency Ambulance Service in the areas of Cantonment and Defense Housing Authorities. The Service shall also facilitate AMC Training Centre in Abbottabad in the establishment of emergency medical training wing and curriculum development for the training of emergency rescue paramedics besides providing technical assistance from all aspects in designing and procurement of emergency equipment and vehicles.
Furthermore, a strong communication link shall be established between Rescue 1122 Control Room and AMC Control Room for transferring information received from civil telephone lines and mobile networks regarding occurrence of an emergency in the areas of Cantonment or DHA. Rescue 1122 shall provide emergency cover to armed forces’ personnel in areas under the control of civil administration besides extending its cooperation in specialized urban search, fire fighting, hazmat and water rescue services whenever required in the military controlled areas.
Similarly, the Pakistan Army Medical Corps shall facilitate and provide free emergency medical/surgical treatment to the personnel of Rescue 1122 in Combined Military Hospitals (CHMs). According to the MoU, the Pakistan Army Corps shall also provide the facilities of medical treatment to Rescue 1122 personnel and their families in military hospitals on payment as CNE cases as per existing rules and regulations.
Therefore, after the establishment of AMC Emergency Ambulance Service, both parties shall be able to extend full cooperation during emergencies, natural calamities, disasters and war times by using mutual resources to ensure provision of basic right to timely emergency care to all citizens without discrimination whether residing in any area either in the administrative control of Armed Forces or Civil Administration.