Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir, India): Civil defense experts trained volunteers and locals on how to handle emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes, and snow avalanches at a training program in the Kashmir valley.
The training program was organized for the volunteers of different government and non-governmental organizations at Bilaliya Educational Institute, Nawab Bagh, and Baghwanpora-Lal Bazar Srinagar.
It was organized by the Kashmir Welfare Trust and Nigeen Tourist Traders Association in collaboration with the Civil Defence, Srinagar, and J&K State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC).
“The government has a lot of rescue forces, but they cannot reach every place. It is important to prepare the community for such adverse situations. We have trained the volunteers in Nigeen about search operations, first aid, and fire fighting,” said Amir Ali, Chief Warden Civil Defence Srinagar.
The aim of the five days program was to train communities on how to handle the emergency cases such as fires, earthquakes, and especially snow avalanches which have become common in the upper reaches of Kashmir valley.
Civil defense experts not only trained the volunteers and locals about how they should escape the adverse situations but also how to handle the victims and save their lives. They gave demonstrations of the rescue operations.
“Every person should know how to deal with disasters. Our houses are made of wood, and it is important to know what to do during a fire disaster. Such programs should be conducted in all schools and colleges,” said Muzaffar Wangnoo, a participant at the program.
Despite the severe cold, a good number of locals and volunteers of different organizations were present at the program.
During this training program experts said, “In any disaster situation, the community is always the first responder and should become an integral part of the disaster response teams.”
They said that the identified volunteers would be imparted five days of basic training, in which they would be taught life-saving skills, including first-aid, fire-fighting, and basic search and rescue techniques.