RAWALPINDI: The Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer, SI appreciated the rescuers from all 37 Districts of Punjab to provide timely and professional emergency response and rescued 10869 victims of emergencies during chand raat and Eid holidays. While presiding over a meeting at Rescue 1122 Headquarters, DG Rescue Punjab showed serious concern over increasing number of incidents like Ahmadpur Sharqia Oil Tanker inferno tragedy and absence of safety culture in the communities. He directed all District Emergency Officers to sensitize public on safety through Rescue Mohafiz Community Emergency Response Teams to establish healthy safer and resilient communities in Pakistan.
The Provincial Monitoring Cell (PMC) briefed the Director General that Emergency plans for Eid prepared in close coordination with Districts administrations were implemented in all Districts of Punjab. According to the plans, emergency ambulance, rescue and fire services were deployed at important mosques and Eid Gahs. Rescue mobile posts of emergency paramedics were also deployed at important places of mass gatherings to provide emergency cover.
Subsequently, the PMC informed to the Director General that Emergency Service dealt 5350 emergencies including 4188 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all districts of Punjab. Out of total 5350 emergencies and 4188 RTCs major districts including Lahore responded to 1068 emergencies including 645 road traffic crashes; Faisalabad responded to 807 emergencies including 387 RTCS, Gujranwala dealt 547 emergencies with 254 RTCs, Multan responded to 473 emergencies with 247 RTCs and Rawalpindi dealt 265 emergencies including 115 RTCs during Eid Holidays.
PMC also highlighted interesting fact that District Emergency Service Rawalpindi received less emergencies as compare to previous emergencies occurred during Eid days. District Emergency Services Rawalpindi responded to 265 emergencies including 115 road traffic crashes, 8 Fire emergencies, 6 crime incidents, 1 drowning case, 117 medical emergencies and 18 miscellaneous emergencies while maintaining average response time of 7.37 minutes in the district.
According to details the Emergency Ambulance, Rescue and Fire Services responded to 4188 emergencies of road traffic crashes; 3980 medical, 142 fire incidents, 15 building collapses, 292 crime incidents, 28 drowning and 971 miscellaneous in all districts of Punjab.
Keeping in view the data presented by the PMC the DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer, SI said that Emergency Service is already available round the clock on single call and rescuers are committed to provide sense of safety to the citizens by sacrificing their own Eids and National Holidays but it is a collective responsibility that we all should adopt safe practices in routine life and act like responsible citizens to develop Safer Communities in Pakistan. He further asked rescuers to perform duty with same zeal and passion during the floods in flood-prone districts.