LAHORE: The 19th passing-out ceremony of rescuers from different districts of Punjab was held at Emergency Services Academy here on Saturday.
The rescuers have been trained to strengthen Rescue 1122 Service in Bahawalpur; Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Jhang, Khanewal, Khushab, Lahore, Mandi Bahuddin, Mianwali, Multan, Layyah, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Rawalpindi, Attock, Nankana Saheb, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sialkot and Murree.
Speaking on the ceremony, Scottish Parliamentarian Belle Hanzala Malik said that Rescuers were brave sons of soil, who put their lives in danger to save others’ lives. He asserted that he himself witnessed excellent professionalism during floods in Punjab, especially in southern belt in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
He also expressed his deep pleasure over successful performance/training and congratulated Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Brig. (R) Dr. Arshad Zia and Director General Brig. (R) Amir Hamza along with team for their devotion and continuous struggle towards ensuring a safer Pakistan.
He appreciated the continuous support of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for Rescue 1122 as Service continuous to expand. He said this credit goes to the Punjab Government that emergency service had been extended to all over the Punjab and now the Service had been launched at tehsil level.
Earlier, the Director General, Emergency Services Academy (Rescue 1122) Brig (r) Amir Hamza congratulated rescuers on completion of their training and thanked Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for extension of the service to all districts of Punjab and now at tehsil level. He further thanked Scottish Parliamentarian Belle Hanzala Malik for extending his sincere cooperation for establishment of modern fire Service in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Brig (r) Dr Arshad Zia said that the Service was successful only because of hectic efforts and training of rescuers on modern lines.
The passed out cadets demonstrated their professional skills of emergency management during mock exercises of deep well rescue, water rescue, firefighting, urban search and rescue, rescue from confined spaces during smoke, rescue from height and medical emergency management.