Res­cue 1122 flood pre­pared­ness ex­er­cise con­cludes

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

RAWALPINDI—The Pun­jab Emer­gency Ser­vice Res­cue 1122, flood pre­pared­ness ex­er­cise of seven dis­tricts of north i.e. Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Hafiz­abad, M.B Din, Gu­jran­wala and Gu­jrat at Bela Pulli, Jhelum River con­cluded on Mon­day.

Ear­lier, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Res­cue 1122 Brig. (R) Dr. Ar­shad Zia re­viewed all ar­range­ments and briefed all District of­fi­cers to en­sure swift and prompt emer­gency re­sponse by fol­low­ing Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOPs) so that flood res­cue oper­a­tion could be suc­cess­fully man­aged to min­i­mize the dam­age with­out any loss of life, says a press re­lease is­sued here.

This ex­er­cise was con­ducted un­der su­per­vi­sion of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (DG) Pun­jab Emer­gency Ser­vice (PES) Brig (R) Dr. Ar­shad Zia, As­sis­tant District Col­lec­tor Gen­eral (ADCG) Jhelum Im­ran Raza Ab­basi and District Emer­gency Of­fi­cer Jhelum Dr Faisal Mehmood to check pre­pared­ness level, re­sponse strat­egy and co­or­di­na­tion of res­cue teams with other de­part­ments to deal with any flood emer­gency in up­com­ing mon­soon sea­son.

Be­sides, Res­cue 1122 teams from seven dis­tricts, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from

Health Depart­ment, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Tehsil Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TMA), Po­lice, Falah In­saniyat Foun­da­tion and Com­mu­nity Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams (CERTs) Jhelum par­tic­i­pated in the ex­er­cise.

Res­cue 1122 Rawalpindi team won the com­pe­ti­tion of vic­tim evac­u­a­tion from river Jhelum and re­ceived first prize while Res­cue 1122 Gu­jrat left be­hind all teams in 40 Horse Power Boat Com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived first prize.

The host team Res­cue 1122 Jhelum won two first prize in two boat com­pe­ti­tion of 15 Horse Power and 25 Horse Power. The DG PES and ADCG Jhelum dis­trib­uted prizes amongst the win­ning teams.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Im­ran Raza Ab­basi said Res­cue 1122 was do­ing great job and such joint ex­er­cises helped im­prove co­or­di­na­tion between all stake­hold­ers and re­sources might be made com­pat­i­ble with that of the chal­lenge.

Brig (R) Dr. Ar­shad mon­i­tored ex­er­cise and ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port pro­vided by the District Ad­min­is­tra­tion Jhelum spe­cially the pres­ence of Im­ran Raza and AC Dina to con­duct the whole ex­er­cise in an ef­fec­tive man­ner.

He con­grat­u­lated to all the res­cuers, com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pants and govern­ment stake­hold­ers for their high spir­its to con­duct real sce­nario based flood pre­pared­ness ex­er­cise and ap­pre­ci­ated District Emer­gency Of­fi­cers of par­tic­i­pat­ing dis­tricts for their par­tic­i­pa­tion to make the ex­er­cise suc­cess­ful.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Brig (R) Dr. Ar­shad mon­i­tored ex­er­cise and dis­cuss in de­tail the ex­pected short­falls in real emer­gency. —APP

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