LAHORE – The 17th passing-out ceremony of Rescue-1122 workers was held at the Emergency Services Academy on Saturday.

Six hundred rescuers were trained at the academy so that they could join the Rescue-1122 Service in different tehsils in the Punjab and KPK province. According to a spokesman, 567 rescuers from Punjab and 33 from KPK, including 13 female cadets, passed out.

Speaking on the occasion, Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Zulfiqar Khosa stressed the need for promoting community safety programme.

H also laid stress stepped up effort to discourage aggressive state of mind.

The adviser lauded the Punjab Emergency Service for its selfless contribution to coping with disasters.

“These brave people have entrenched a sense of protection in the public by maintaining minimal response time of rescue operations. This service has become a symbol of hope,” he maintained.

He credited Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for extending the Punjab Emergency Service to all districts, transforming it into a successful model of emergency management.

He said its matter of pride for the Punjab government that rescuers from Karachi, Peshawar, Mardan, AJK and GB have been getting training from the Punjab Emergency Academy and a contingent from Balochistan will join in soon.

Musa Shaheed Company was awarded best performance award. Director Administration Punjab Emergency Services Brig Arshad Zia, in his vote of thanks, paid gratitude to the chief minister for providing 100 new ambulances to Rescue-1122 which will be used to facilitate the people in distress at tehsil level.  The Former UK MP and Punjab Emergency Services DG Dr Rizwan Naseer and Chaudhry Sarwar also spoke on the occasion.