Emergency Services Academy
Brig. (R) Amir Hamza
Director General,
Emergency Services Academy

In order to ensure sustainable human resource development in this long neglected field of emergency management, Emergency Services Academy has been established in accordance with section 14 of the Punjab Emergency Service Act 2006. This Academy was started with extremely limited resources in 2006 at a deserted bus depot in Ichra, Lahore till the construction of its purpose built campus with simulators for training in life saving skills in the centre of the country at Thokar Niaz Baig, Lahore where the Highway coming from south of Pakistan meets the Motorway going towards north of Pakistan.

This Emergency Services Academy is not only training staff for all Districts of Punjab but has become a national centre for training and has also training to Emergency staff from other provinces including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, AJK, Sindh and Balochistan.

The Instructors for this Academy were trained through the Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) program of USAID to conduct Medical First Responder (MFR), Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue (CSSR) courses, Training for Instructors (TFI) and Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) courses. The training of Instructors for Fire training was achieved as a result of the MoU between the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service of Scotland, United Kingdom and the Punjab Emergency Service.

At present, the Academy is mainly conducting a six months Basic Rescue Course which includes emergency Medical, Rescue, Fire and physical fitness training. The Academy also conducts specialized courses like Medical First Responder, Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue, Training for Instructors, several short courses and refresher courses for the career development of Rescuers.