Rescue 1122 is not just providing the emergency victims with the basic right to
timely emergency care but believes in “saving lives and changing minds”. This is
vividly reflected in the mission statement of the Service which is “development
of Safer Communities through establishment of an effective system for emergency
preparedness, response and prevention”.
In order to establish safer communities, Rescue 1122 is implementing the Community
Safety Program which includes capacity building of community emergency response
teams, school safety program, training of citizens in life saving skills and collaboration
with Chamber of Commerce & Industries for fire and work safety.
Prevention of emergencies is one of the key functions of Emergency Service (Rescue
1122) in accordance with section 5(l) and 7(f) of Punjab Emergency Service Act,
2006 and an important contributing factor towards the mission of the Service which
is development of safer Communities through establishment of an effective system
for emergency preparedness, response and prevention. Community Safety activities
of Rescue 1122 ranges from community level preparedness to the level policy making
and high level monitoring for enforcement of preventive measures. The main features
of Community Safety Activities include following.
Role of Punjab Emergency Council & District Emergency Boards
The Punjab Emergency Council at provincial level and District Emergency Boards at
District level have been constituted under the Act for prevention, effective management
of emergencies and mitigation of hazards endangering public safety. The Provincial
Council and the District level Boards are well represented by senior Government
Management including heads of related organizations like Health, Home, local Government,
Transport, Police and Environment Departments and members of Legislative assemblies.
Both of these bodies (Council and Boards) make recommendations and also ensure implementation
for prevention and mitigation of hazards endangering public safety.
Fire Safety & Prevention
Increasing number of fire emergencies necessitated Rescue 1122 to work for prevention
and safety. Fire investigation was instrumental in this regard to trace out reasons
behind fires so that appropriate steps can be taken for fire prevention & safety.
International standard training of fire investigation was required to address this
important issue which was putting lives and properties of citizens at risk. In this
regard Mr. Hanzala Malik, member Scottish Parliament played instrumental role in
arranging training of fire investigation & safety for Emergency Officers form Strathclyde
Fire & Rescue, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
These trained Officers imparted training of fundamental principles of Fire Investigation
to District Emergency Officers, Emergency Officers, Lead Fire Rescuers and Fire
Rescuers. As result of said trainings, Fire investigation section has been developed
in Rescue Service to undertake Fire Investigation studies of all major fires and
recommend measures for fire prevention.
Over 40% of Rescue 1122 beneficiaries are those who fall prey to the Road Traffic
Crashes. Similarly most of the fatalities and disabilities are also being reported
due to traffic crashes. The analysis of traffic crashes shows that over 50% traffic
accidents’ victims are having ages from 18 to 50 years and young earning bread winners
of society are becoming victims of traffic crashes. Deaths and disabilities to this
age group is therefore causing huge socio-economic impact on society.
In order to minimize the number of traffic crashes, Rescue 1122 has started a number
of Read Safety initiatives which include regular date compilation and analysis for
prevention purposes, Truma Registry Program, Public Awareness campaign of safety
messages and disseminating of accidents dairy to media personnel on daily basis.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
The Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122 in accordance with section 5(g) of Punjab
Emergency Service Act, 2006 is in process of establishing Community Emergency Response
Teams (CERT) to help citizens making their localities safe communities. CERT members
have been sensitized on their responsibilities to work for prevention of emergencies
in their areas and enhance their capacity to respond emergencies as First Responders.
CERTs have also been trained in Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
so that in case of any Disaster, community responders can work for mitigation of
Students have been sensitized on safety measures like fire safety and civic responsibilities
of citizens regarding emergencies. Teachers and students are also being trained
in life saving skills and emergency evacuation drills to enable them better manage
emergency situations and prevent emergencies from turning into disasters. Hundreds
of schools have been trained in evacuation procedures all over the Punjab. Students
from colleges and universities are going through this training process.
Emergency Training of Citizens
Citizen at large need to be trained in emergency management skills since emergency
can occur anywhere anytime. Industrial workers, health care providers, community
development workers, volunteer groups, government officials and general citizens
are being trained in emergency management and life saving skills.
Collaboration with Chamber of Commerce & Industries
In order to encourage corporate sector for social responsibility, close coordination
has been established with Chamber of Commerce & Industries for ensuring active participation
in development of Safe Communities. District Sialkot has made significant achievement
in this regard through overwhelming support of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industries
and related institutions at District level.
Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE)
The Rescue 1122 Service is working in close coordination with international organizations
to ensure best practices at community level. Through the support of National Disaster
Management Authority (NDMA), faculty of Emergency Services Academy has been trained
as Instructors in Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) Program by Asian
Disaster Preparedness Center of Bangkok. The Service is also working for Community
Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in collaboration with UN & other international