Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has said that it is fully equipped and ready to deal with any emergency situation in the federal capital.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal expressed these views on the occasion of fire and rescue mock drill organised by Emergency and Disaster Management Directorate to commemorate the dreadful earthquake of 8th October, 2015 here at Islamabad Stock Exchange Towers yesterday.

The chairman said that such mock drills not only help identify weaknesses in system and provide an opportunity for improvement and enhancement in capabilities and skills of the fire fighting and rescue staff but also test the readiness and effectiveness of fire fighting vehicles and equipment. He further said that CDA is also establishing Disaster Management Academy in sector H-11.

He told the gathering that fire substations have been established at various sectors and fire fighting vehicles have been deputed there to minimize response time in case of emergency. Similarly, apart from fire fighters, water rescue teams have been trained to cope with any flood situation in the city.

These teams have been trained by Pakistan Navy. He said that Islamabad is the only city in Pakistan where Fire Protection Regulation 2010 has been promulgated. It has been mandated by this regulation to install fire fighting equipment and provision of precautionary and safety measures in all the buildings.

He said the CDA is carrying out survey of all buildings in Islamabad for implementation of this regulation. He said that after the dreadful earthquake of October 8, 2005, the Emergency and Disaster Management Directorate have been developed on modern lines.

He said that October 8 is not only observed to show solidarity with the victims of earthquake but it has also been named as National Day for Awareness about Natural Disasters.