NOIDA: The disaster management cell organised a disaster awareness training programme for police, fire personnel and officials from the Noida Authority at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6 on Monday. The workshop was conducted after a string of building collapses of late put the lives of many residents on risk.
Additional CEO R K Mishra, who inaugurated the programme, called for all time preparedness. “Expect the unexpected and make yourself ready to respond in case of any emergency. Past experience of emergency handling situations should come in handy,” said the ACEO.
“The department of disaster management organised a workshop on earthquake and flood response, search and rescue, and formal arrangements for personnel of fire, police and traffic departments of Gautam Budh Nagar district on Monday. Being the first respondents, these three main departments are first to respond in case of any emergency. Hence, the workshop was a good initiative to train them on how to answer, react and co-ordinate with other departments in the event of any disaster so that valuable time and lives are safeguarded,” said the ACEO.
The trainers from 8th battalion in Ghaziabad taught basic life-saving skills to around 140 personnel, including Authority officials from Jal, civil and traffic departments. The NDRF trained the participants on basics of disaster management, search and rescue methods, role of first responder, first aid techniques and causality handling through demonstrations. P K Srivastava, commandant, NDRF branch, Ghaziabad said, “Monday’s workshop was a result of a series of building collapses like one in Shahberi in Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Khoda in July which prompted the authorities to plan such a training for local first responders like police and fire personnel. The aim was to ensure quick response to multi disaster scenarios including earthquakes and floods.”
While Shikha Sharma, planning officer of Noida’s disaster management cell urged for emergency services to be stress-free for efficient performance, Reena Sarin trained participants on how to remain focused and calm in order to respond to emergency in stressful conditions.
Officer on special duty (OSD) M P Mishra maintained that Noida is highly vulnerable to disasters due to its geographic location and rapid industrialisation and it needs mock drills to learn more about the art of handling casualty. “Untrained casualty handling takes many lives on Indian roads. Hence, we need to frequently conduct such workshops where brain storming sessions and mock drills would help learn more about the art of casualty handling,” said the OSD.
All participants also received pamphlets which consisted a list of dos and don’ts in case of a disaster.
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