CDA’s emergency management department to be improved

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal has said that the capacity of Emergency and Disaster Management (E&DM) of the CDA would be improved, strengthened, and further upgraded to cope with any untoward incident in a timely manner, particularly in case of a fire.He said that the E&DM is one of the most important departments of the CDA and its firemen and rescue staff would be trained on modern lines, while the E&DM would also be equipped with latest fire tenders and other fire fighting devices to ensure maximum safety in the capital. The CDA chairman expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting at the CDA headquarters. On this occasion, Member Environment, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, Member Administration, Amir Ali Ahmed, and officers of the formations concerned were also present. Kazmi apprised the CDA chairman that in line with his directions, he had visited E&DM and issued directions to the management for implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding firefighting and life safety training of firemen and rescue staff in line with modern techniques, and repair and maintenance of the existing fire fighting vehicles.He informed Afzal that the E&DM is preparing schedules for mock drills to evaluate the performances of firemen and rescue staff, firefighting equipments, and related machinery. The member Environment directed the officers of the formation concerned to ensure the attendance of firemen and rescue staff at the fire headquarters and all sub-stations, round the clock. He further directed the officers of the E&DM to constantly coordinate with the CDA’s Environment Wing for timely action against fire eruption cases in the Margalla Hills National Park during the ongoing summer season. Kazmi apprised the CDA chairman that presently the E&DM has a fleet of 34 fire tenders, 68 metre long two snorkels, 29 metre long two Bronto sky lifts and 46 metre long aerial ladder. He further informed the CDA chairman that he had directed the officers concerned to ensure implementation of fire safety regulations in the city. He also informed that the fire fighting teams have been constituted to cope with any fire incident in the Margalla Hills National Park, while the fire check posts have also been established. He said that these teams are in constant liaison with the CDA’s Environment Wing and E&DM to control major fire incidents in the Margalla Hills. However, he added that due to these steps, no major fire incident had occurred during the ongoing summer season. The CDA chairman directed Member Administration, Amer Ali Ahmed to ensure latest training of the officers and technical staff of the E&DM at local and international levels so that they could be equipped with modern technical knowledge of how to control the situation in any emergency. He further directed for the up-gradation of E&DM and establishment of more fire stations in the city, where firemen and rescue staff, along with the latest fire tenders be deployed round the clock. The CDA chairman also directed the member Environment to take necessary steps for creating awareness among the general public about the precautionary and safety measures against the fire incidents for minimum loss.

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