Lahore : Chairman NDMA Visit Rescue Headquarters and the Services Academy.
During his visit of the Emergency Services Headquarters, he visited the Provincial Monitoring Cell established to ensure the uniform standards of Service in all Districts of Punjab.
In the Cell he was briefed about the monitoring system which included visual monitoring of control rooms, fleet management and tracking system, citizen feedback and the overall emergency data.
Chairman NDMA Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat subsequently visited the Emergency Services Academy during which he saw the hands on training being imparted to the rescuers related to Emergency Medical, Firefighting, Height Rescue, Water Rescue, Deep Well Rescue etc.
He also saw the specialized rescue training simulators including the Burn House, Fire Tower and the Urban Search & Rescue sites.
On this occasion, Dr. Rizwan Naseer briefed about the 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 said that in collaboration with NDMA we shall further trained the Disaster Response Force to enhance the capacity. He said that Rescue 1122 has now developed into a comprehensive emergency management system which is now functional in all 36 Districts and major tehsils of Punjab and had rescued over 5.3 million victims of road traffic crashes, fire incidents, blasts, building collapse, floods and other disasters, within 13 years which is commendable.
He further explained the role Rescue 1122 was playing in implementation of Community Based Disaster Risk Management and provision of technical assistance to Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw and Azad Jammu & Kashmir so that the citizens of other provinces could also be provided with the basic right to timely emergency response and care without discrimination.