RANGPUR, Jan 26, 2016 (BSS) – The three-day ‘Basic Training on Search & Rescue, First Aid & Fire Fighting for Urban Volunteers’ for post earthquake managements ended at Training Centre of Rangpur Fire Service and Civil Defense Station on Monday.
The main objectives of the training course were to enhance skills of the urban volunteers for ensuring efficient emergency response systems to substantially reduce the extent of losses of lives during earthquake in urban areas.
Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) and ‘Pollishree’ organised the course with technical assistance of Fire Service & Civil Defense Station under the “Enhancing Inclusive Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh” project being funded by Oxfam.
The National Alliance for Risk Reduction & Response Initiatives Consortium and European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection assisted in arranging the training to institutionalize the Community-based Disaster Management Preparedness Model involving the local population at ward levels.
Experts of the Fire Service and Civil Defense and ‘Pollishree’ conducted the training course participated by 50 urban volunteers from different wards of RCC.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of RCC Alhaj Ruhul Amin Khan formally inaugurated the training course as the chief guest at the same venue on Saturday last.
With Project Coordinator of ‘Pollishree’ Shahanaz Parveen in the chair, Assistant Director of Rangpur Fire Service & Civil Defense Station and Course Coordinator Shahidul Islam attended concluding ceremony as the chief guest.
Assistant Director of Kurigram Fire Service & Civil Defense Station Manjil Haque, Project Communication Officer of ‘Pollishree’ Rezaul Karim and its Project Officer Fazlul Haque and Master Trainer Asaduzzaman Afzal addressed, among others.
The speakers called for creating awareness about earthquake among the common people and adopting early preparedness for ensuring efficient management systems during and after earthquake.
Shahanaz Parveen said the urban volunteers have been given practical training on conducting post earthquake rescue operations, providing first aids to the injured persons and fire extinguishing in the training course.
She called for coordinated efforts of the GO-NGOs, community leaders, urban volunteers and public representatives in disseminating proper knowledge among the community people to reduce losses during earthquake and other natural disasters.
The chief guest called upon the urban volunteers for providing basic first aids to assist the victims timely on the spots during and after earthquake through emergency rescue operations.