Islamabad - Rescue 15 of Islamabad police received 13,408 phone calls during the last week and provided immediate assistance on various help-seeking calls, police said yesterday.

SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani has said that quick response unit has been constituted at Rescue 15 with the sole purpose to provide immediate help to citizens in case of emergency and to handle issues like scuffles or domestic disputes till arrival of staff from local police stations.

The SSP was told that fifteen vehicles of Rescue 15 provided assistance to 515 people in their social matters while forensic science laboratory collected evidence from 20 crime scenes. A total of 5,029 callers were provided general information.

The ambulance service of Rescue 15 shifted 153 patients to various hospitals while its staff at PIMS and Poly Clinic assisted 32 people at their respective desks.

The bomb disposal squad conducted special checking at 21 important points of the city while 323 vehicles were checked at various locations. The vehicle verification staff of Rescue 15 checked 180 vehicles as well as motorbikes while Sui gas, WAPDA and fire brigade staff were intimated at nine occasions for immediate assistance in various areas.

Meanwhile, the SSP Sajid Kiani has directed Rescue 15 staff to ensure friendly policing. He also directed them to give importance to each call and also appealed the citizens to avoid making unnecessary calls.