Rawalpindi: The Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi dealt with 2,2971 emergencies and rescued 2,4562 victims during year 2015, said a press release issued today.

A meeting chaired by Director-General Rescue Punjab Brig (retd) Dr. Arshad Zia was told by the the Provincial Monitoring Cell (PMC) that of the 22971 emergency calls responded in Rawalpindi in 2015, 9539 traffic accident, 9874 medical emergencies, 753 fire incidents, 875 crime calls, 13 drowning cases, 13 building collapse incidents, 28 explosions and 1876 were special rescue operations and miscellaneous emergencies.

The DG said that several program for prevention of emergencies would be launched, including School Safety Program and establishment of Community Emergency Response Teams across Punjab in 2016. Furthermore these teams shall be trained for Disaster Response and Community Based Risk Reduction for prevention of emergencies, DG said.

He further said that the Punjab Emergency Service responded to 21747 calls related to crime in 2015, as compared to 24703 in 2014 with increase of 6.37 percent. Total 173 explosions were reported in 2015 in Punjab as compared to only 172 cases during 2014. The meeting was told that road traffic accidents were increased 9.8 per cent in Bahawalpur; seven percent in Rawalpindi, five percent in Lahore, 3.9 percent in Gujranwala, 3.24 percent in Multan and 2.82 percent in Faisalabad.