Rawalpindi - The Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 observed International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in all districts of Punjab yesterday.

The day was observed to remember the global commitment according to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015- 2030) aiming to reduce global disaster mortality, number of affected people, direct disaster economic loss, disaster damage to critical infrastructure, especially disruption of basic services, and increase resilience by 2030. In this regard two awareness seminars were conducted for all managerial staff, rescue scouts, health and safety professionals and faculty and students of Quaid-e-Azam University.

One seminar was conducted at central rescue station and other one was held at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

by information and training wing of Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi.

Speaking on the occasion, District Emergency Officer Dr Abdur Rahman said Rescue 1122 is providing swift response to all helpless victims of emergencies. He said, “We need to continue our efforts with full commitment and without discrimination.”

Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent, Dr Rizwan Naseer said, “We need to commit on International Disaster Risk Reduction Day that we would provide the right to timely and professional emergency care like Rescue 1122 to citizen of all provinces and commit to ensure effective steps for Disaster Risk Reduction so that we can establish a safer Pakistan.”

President Fire Safety Association of Pakistan (FSAP) Dr Abdur Rahman Cheema said, “We being community actors in different roles should align our practices with international set targets for disaster risk reduction.”

Emergency Officer Deeba Shahnaz said organised, linked and coordinated efforts are required to have better disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction.