Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi has completed training of Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs) group one, registered at Pirwadhai Station.
While addressing the participants of the training course, Course Monitor, District Emergency Officer Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi Dr. Abdur Rehman communicated message of the Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer to volunteers that although an effective Emergency Management System in Punjab had been established yet the participation of organised and trained communities could play a vital role for building safer Pakistan.
The DG Rescue further said that this capacity building programme included CADRE training which would create awareness to adopt preventive measures and preparation for disasters in all the respective localities to promote safety culture in the country.
DG Rescue Punjab also said that after establishing an integrated emergency services infrastructure essential for saving lives and providing the citizens with the right to timely emergency response and care without any discrimination, now Rescue 1122 is working for changing minds of the public to establish socially responsible, healthy, safer and more resilient communities.
He asked the participants to utilize their all efforts in mobilizing communities especially the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other blood banks for their voluntarily active participation by materializing the concepts of safer communities from disasters and emergencies.
Director General (DG) Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer had directed all the Districts Emergency Officers to start capacity building of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in order to establish socially responsible; healthy, safe and resilient communities all over the Punjab.
District Emergency Officer Rescue 1122, Dr. Abdur Rehman launched a capacity building programme for rescue volunteers registered at five rescue stations situated at Central Rescue Station, Rawal Road Rawalpindi, Pirwadahi Rescue Station, Civil Lines Rescue Station, Bahria Town Rescue Station and Kalma Chowk Rescue Station.
In the first phase volunteers get registration at nearest Rescue Station, receive five days orientation about Emergency Service, response mechanisms basic life support and fire safety orientation.
In second phase volunteers receive three days Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) training by Internationally Certified Instructors of Emergency Service and then they get connected with Rescue Service for different ongoing training program, workshops and awareness activities.
The CADRE trainings have also been conducted in Bangladesh; Cambodia, India, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Vietnam. The training contents of this course include: common community hazards and community response group, securing family preparing for response, first aid and basic life support, basic search and rescue, water emergencies, communicative visuals, incident command system, dead body management, fire emergencies and leadership skills.