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Punjab: Rescue 1122 Observes International Firefighters’ Day

Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer says implementation of NFSCs-2016 can ensure safer Punjab

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LAHORE– Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), Dr Rizwan Naseer on Saturday acknowledged and paid rich tribute to the firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty while rendering their services to protect precious human lives and properties of citizens.

He said fire safety is the life safety, as over 90 percent Fire & Rescue Services across the World work for fire prevention and fire Safety.

“It is the need of the hour to ensure National Fire Safety Codes-2016 in high rise buildings and new developments to promote the Fire Safety in the country.”

The DG appealed to all concerned departments would have to come forward for establishment of safer communities in Pakistan as it is not the job of fire Rescuers alone.

Naseer said after establishment of comprehensive emergency management system of Rescue 1122 in Pakistan, the first Modern Fire Servic started in 2007 that has responded to over to 125,000 fire emergencies in Punjab during last 11 years and saved losses worth over Rs376 billion.

The DG was addressing a ceremony of the International Firefighters’ Day Ceremony held at the Rescue Headquarters here on Saturday.

Following the directions of the DG Rescue Punjab, the International Fire Fighters’ Day was also commemorated in all districts of the Punjab.

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In order to promote fire safety, awareness walks, seminars, and rallies were conducted by district emergency services in collaboration with district administrations, social organizations and other stakeholders of society to mark this day with full zeal and zest.

Furthermore, the District Emergency Officers also visited the families of martyrs in their concerned districts and showed solidarity with them.

Speaking the occasion, Dr Rizwan Naseer congratulated the best rescuers of the years and advised them for working with same dedication and commitments to developing safer communities in Pakistan.

He said the fire Rescuers are genuine champions of service and its country who achieved the same goals significantly and subsequently public have great respect for them.

Earlier, fire rescuer demonstrated fire and rescue skills in a mock scenario of fire incident in a burn house and high rise building.

Fire rescuers approached the incident after scene size up and used Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to enter the smoke rooms and rescuing victims from a burning house. They also rescued victims from 8th Floor building by using rope, ascenders descenders and aerial ladder.

The DG Rescue Punjab also appreciated the skills performed by the rescuers and presented provincial awards to the best fire rescuer of the year.— PRESS RELEASE