LAHORE Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 has launched Community Safety Programme (CSP) in 12 major districts of the province in order to educate school children to elders and to prepare them for any kind of emergency in the future. The other major purposes of the Community Safety Programme are to ensure community participation in emergency preparedness, response and prevention. About 78 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) have been trained at community level as Medical First Responders in order to serve along with Rescue 1122 during large scale disasters. The community at large needs to be trained in emergency management so that they could extend their help in case of large-scale disasters when a service of any emergency service fails to match the scale of disaster, Head of Community Safety Programme Miss Roqiya Bano said. She said that prevention of emergencies can also be made possible through community sensitisation and training. The Rescue Emergency Officers have started community safety activities in major districts including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, DGKhan, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan and Murree. Ms Bano said that there are three major areas of work of Community Safety Programme , I: Safety Education for Educational Institutions, II: Community Emergency Response Teams and III: Emergency Training of Citizens on broader level. The head of the Community Safety Programme further said that the main objective of this programme was to sensitize the young generation especially the school kids on safety measures that can lead towards emergency prevention. Road safety, fire safety and civic responsibilities of citizens regarding emergencies are the main contents of this sensitization, she added. Another female Community Safety Officer said that students, teachers, engineers, paramedical staff, nurses, factory workers and other sections of society 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 while about 120 colleges in Punjab have also gone through this training, she added. Under the Punjab Emergency Service Act, 2006, enrollment of rescue volunteers and establishment of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) is a key function of the Service for development of Safe Communities. Dr Ahmed Raza, Community Safety Programme Lahore Station head, said that the citizens need to be trained in emergency management skills as the 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, he added. Dr. Ahmed further said that about 6191 citizens have been trained in life saving measures. He said that two-day long Basic Life Support Orientation courses have been designed in a very simple manner to impart basic life saving skills, CPR, management of bleeding, spinal injury patients, guidelines for splinting, drowning, heatstroke and fire emergencies.