By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Emergency Services Academy (Rescue 1122), the International Emergency Team United Kingdom (IET-UK) and University Engineering and Technology (UET) inked the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday.
The MoU was aimed to share the best practices, training modules, standards, applied research, organizational innovation in the fields of integrated emergency & disaster management, urban planning, health, safety and environmental management besides public health and road safety to prevent emergencies.
The Director General Punjab Emergency Service, Dr Rizwan Naseer, Vice Chancellor UET Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Chairperson of International Emergency Team UK Mr Mehrban Sadiq and Chairman, City & Regional Planning Department, UET, Prof Dr Shaker Mehmood Mayo signed the MoU in a ceremony held at VC’s Office of UET. Assist. Prof Richard Kotter Trustee, IET-UK and Registrar Emergency Services Academy Dr Muhammad Farhan Khalid also signed the documents.
According to the accord, three institutions would collaborate to bridge the gap between Academia, practitioners, Professions and the Voluntary sector to facilitate and carry out evidence-based research with a view to implementing appropriate solutions, creating internships and exchanges. All three institution would also collaborate to establish quality volunteering opportunities based on the challenges faced in the fields of urban planning, public health, integrated emergency management and disaster management. The Rescue 1122 would provide complete access to data for research purposes.
While speaking at the occasion, DG Rescue Punjab said that Punjab Emergency Service established an effective system for emergency preparedness, response, protection & response. The Service was contributing towards building socially responsible, healthy, resilient and safer communities in the country. He said the ESA would provide the technical support, training facilities and access the students to data for research under this agreement. He expressed that the British Fire & Rescue, Disaster Management experts would share their best practices and operational expertise with Rescue 1122. It would also provide support towards strategic directions of Rescue 1122 to work in the directions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, he added.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Vice-Chancellor UET expressed his hopes that this MoU would go long way to the mutual progress through the development of new research and disaster management programs. He urged the faculty and students of the UET to collaborate effectively by sharing research and academics in various modes and get maximum benefits from Rescue 1122 and IET-UK’s rich experience and resources. Reciprocating to the goodwill gestures of the VC, Asst. Prof Richard Kotter and Chairperson IET-UK, expressed confidence in the successful execution of this MoU and vowed to the tangible benefits that three institutions could get through this collaboration
At this occasion, Prof Richard Kotter Trustee said that UK team is very pleased to see this collaboration. He said that it would be a milestone to prevent the increasing numbers of emergencies in the country. He said that Trustee said that it would also be helpful to decrease the road traffic crashes. Mr Trustee also thanked the DG Rescue Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer, VC UET, Registrar Academy, and others to join hands for collaboration.