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UN search and rescue experts review Pakistan rescue team exercise

UN experts expressed their satisfaction over disaster preparedness of Pakistan Rescue Team

By Our Staff Reporter
 LAHORE: The United Nations OCHA, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) experts Lidoreud Arnaud and Laurent Gauthier visited Emergency Services Academy on Wednesday to evaluate first Pakistan Rescue Team preparedness for Disaster Response which is mandatory for United Nations (UN) Certification.

During their visit, Director General Punjab Emergency Service and Commander of Pakistan Rescue Team Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed about the progress of the Pakistan Rescue (1122) Team which is the first UN INSARAG registered Team in the SAARC Countries.

He informed that this process had been started after observing the vulnerable state of helpless of victims trapped in collapsed buildings during October 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan.

Dr Rizwan briefed that after years of hard work Punjab Emergency Service Search & Rescue Team was registered by the UN International Search & Rescue Advisory Group for international external classification.

After achieving this standard Pakistan has significantly enhanced its collapsed Search and Rescue capacity. Furthermore in consultation with UN Mentor Edward Pearn built a model CSSR training facility in the Emergency Services Academy in Lahore which is training emergency services and rescue staff of all provinces of Pakistan and also organized the first SAARC Rescue Challenge.

Now,  the team is in final preparedness phase to be certified by UN INSARAG, which would be first SAARAC Team certified to respond any disaster internationally.

The UN Search and Rescue experts from United Nations Secretariat Lidoreud Arnaud and Mr Laurent Gauthier reviewed the training activities of Emergency Services Academy, disaster preparedness exercise scenarios, commencement of exercises, and timeline discussion, medical checkup & team selection, mobilization procedure, reception & departure center setup and border crossing procedure and Base of Operations (BoO), USAR Coordination Cell (UCC) setup.

An international search and rescue experts analyzed the deployments of team for wide area assessment.

The experts also witnessed simulation based on INSARAG methodology which was conducted at Emergency Services Academy for 36 consecutive hours.

The Pakistan Rescue Team was comprising over 70 members Led by DG Rescue Punjab Dr Rizwan Naseer Punjab Commander of Pakistan Rescue Team who participated in all these simulation exercises.

In his concluding remarks Mr Lidoreud Arnaud expressed his satisfaction over disaster preparedness of Pakistan Rescue Team. He stressed upon on more practices for achieving highest level of perfection to get UN Certification.

Arnaud informed the Commander of Pakistan Rescue Team Dr Rizwan Naseer and Team Leader Dr Farhan Khalid that a Team of INSARAG Classifiers would visit the Rescue 1122 in October 2019 for final evaluation.

At the end DG Rescue thanked the UN International Search and Rescue Experts for observing skills of Pakistan Rescue Team and technical assistance for bringing team at International level.

He also appreciated the efforts of his team and directed them to conduct more exercises for improvement to ensure international standards.

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