LAHORE - A high-level delegation of NWFP visited Rescue1122 headquarters here on Sunday so that a similar model could be established in that province. Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer briefed the delegates about the emergency services reforms carried out in Punjab and as a result of which the first professionally trained emergency service (Rescue 1122) has been established in Punjab. According to a press release, the delegates from NWFP included Commissioner Peshawar division, Commissioner Mardan division, Provincial Relief Commissioner NWFP, DCO Peshawar, Director Civil Defence, Director (Disaster Preparedness) FD-LDP (USAID), Planning Officer LGRDD, DS Law & Order Home and Tribal Areas, Director General PDMA, Director CDPM, Deputy Director CDMD/PDA, Deputy Director Health and Principal Advisor GTZ. The director general also presented the history of emergency services reforms, which had been undertaken from 1991 to 2002 by the government of Punjab and interior ministry of Pakistan. During the presentation, the capacity of different departments across the country and the UNDP report on emergency services in Pakistan was also discussed. The DG also emphasised that for the successful establishment of the programme all the three components of the triangle needed to be accomplished which included establishment of emergency response system, recruitment & training of right staff and procurement of suitable equipment. The delegates were informed that the service was started as a pilot project from Lahore in October 2004 and gradually evolved into a comprehensive emergency preparedness, response and prevention system established under the Punjab Emergency Service Act, 2006 which includes emergency ambulance, rescue, fire services and disaster emergency response teams. Based on the successful evaluation results of this model in Lahore, government of the Punjab expanded the service to all major cities of Punjab and expansion to all remaining districts of Punjab is underway. The delegates witnessed the practical professional skills of rescuers and also reviewed the ongoing training at emergency services academy in different fields of emergency management, which included medical first responder course, fire fighting, urban search and rescue, rescue from height and hazmat incident. The Delegates were highly impressed by the service and its excellent standard of training imparted to rescuers at the academy and embraced the zeal and enthusiasm of emergency staff. On this occasion, Commissioner Peshawar Mr Shahrukh Arbab thanked Dr Rizwan Naseer and hoped that this visit would help a lot to establish an emergency service in NWFP. Provincial Relief Commissioner/ DG PDMA Mr Jamil Amjad said that it is in the public interest to replicate this successful model of emergency service to other provinces.