International Firefighters’ Day observed at Rescue 1122
By K A Mian
LAHORE: The International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) was observed at the Headquarters of Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) on Monday to honour the services rendered by the courageous firefighters who sacrificed their lives while putting themselves in danger and saving life and property of others.
The IFFD is observed on May 4 every year across the world to pay tributes to the services of the firefighter who lost their lives while serving humanity.
At this eve, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar paid tributes and lauded the role played by the firefighters and said that firefighters protect the people by putting their own lives in danger. In his message, the CM said that role of firefighters is very important in overcoming the possible damage to life and property of others in the fight against fire. It is the need of the hour to provide the latest training to firefighters as their professional training helps in overcoming the potential losses, he said.
Sufficient resources are being provided to improve the training standards and performance of firefighters, the CH said and added that the scope of Rescue 1122 has been extended to the grassroots level. “We also pay tributes to firefighters who lost their lives while performing their duties and, today, we should make a commitment to exploit collective efforts to overcome the incidents of fire,” the CM added.
In this connection, a flag march was organised by Rescue 1122 which started from Rescue Head Office Lahore Ferozepur Road and ended at Thokar Niaz Baig after passing through major roads. A large number of rescuers and officials along with a fleet of emergency vehicles participated in the march. A ceremony was also held to offer dua for those Rescue 1122 firefighters who laid down their lives in fire operations across Punjab.
On this occasion, the fire-rescuer demonstrated fire and rescue skills in a mock exercise by a burning house and high rise building. Fire rescuers approached the incident after scene size up and used self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and entered the smoke rooms and rescuing victims from a burning house. They also rescued victims from an 8th-floor building by using rope, ascenders descanters and aerial ladder.
Talking to media representatives, Director General Rescue 1122 Dr Rizwan Naseer paid rich tributes to those firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. He said fire safety is the life safety, as over 90 per cent Fire & Rescue Services across the World worked for fire prevention and fire safety. Now, it is the need of the hour to ensure National Fire Safety Codes-2016 in high rise buildings and new developments to promote fire safety in the country.
He appealed to all concerned departments and stakeholders to come forward for making all communities safer in Pakistan as it is not the job of fire Rescuers alone. After a comprehensive emergency, the management system of Rescue 1122 in Pakistan, the first Modern Fire Service was started in 2007 and responded to over 143,000 fire emergencies in Punjab during the last 12 years and saved losses worth over Rs 447 billion.
Dr Naseer also congratulated the best rescuers of the years and advised them to work with the same dedication and commitments to developing safer communities. He highlighted that the fire-rescuers are genuine champions of Service and this country. The IFFD was also was observed in all districts of Punjab in order to promote fire safety.