LAHORE - The Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 Director General reviewed the performance of the service which shows that the Service has rescued 3,88,514 emergency victims in 3,67,053 rescue operations in 2011, while maintaining its average response time of less than 7 minutes and standard in all districts of Punjab.

The data reveals that the Service has rescued 3,88,514 emergency victims in 2011, while 3,69,561 emergency victims in 2010. The emergency calls to which Rescue 1122 responded during 2011 includes 1,44,270 road traffic accident, 194, 008 medical and other emergencies, 8,360 fire incidents, 17, 281 crime calls, 1,008 drowning cases, 821 building collapse incidents, 170 explosions and 1,135 special rescue operations.

Out of the total, around 71, 699 emergency operations were carried out in Lahore, 31,149 in Faisalabad, 29,887 in Multan, 23,374 in Gujranwala, 15,730 in Bahawalpur, 13, 511 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 12,341 in Rawalpindi, 12,027 in Sargodha, 11, 407 in Sahiwal, 11, 011 in Sialkot, 10, 949 in Jhang, 9410 in Rahim Yar Khan, 6741 in Okara, 6570 in Lodhran, 6524 in Muzafargarh, 6349 in Bahawalnagar, 6276 in Pakpattan, 6094 in Khanewal, 6061 in Kasur, 5820 in Sheikhupura, 5449 in Rajanpur, 5132 in Attock, 4938 in Toba Tek Singh, 4745 in Gujrat, 4712 in Vehari, 4461 in Murree, 4126 in Bhakkar, 4058 in Mianwali, 3625 in Hafizabad, 3620 in Narowal, 3590 in Layyah, 3450 in Nankana Sahib, 3421 in Khushab, 3149 in Jehlum, 2870 in Chakwal and 2777 in Mandibaha-ud-din.

DG Dr Rizwan Naseer said that although an international standard emergency service is available for rescue of emergency victims but the increase in the number of avoidable roads traffic accidents and fire incidents necessitates the need to work together for prevention of such emergencies and if joint efforts are not made on priority basis by the Service, media, law enforcing agencies, civil society, lawyers and corporate sector for prevention of these emergencies, every community shall be victim of such emergencies in future.

The community safety initiative shall be implemented through District Emergency Boards in collaboration with District Governments, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Emergency Response Teams to build a safer Pakistan.