‘Fire brigade well equipped to ensure safety of residents’

‘Fire brigade well equipped to ensure safety of residents’

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal on Thursday said that authority has well equipped the fire brigade and trained “searchers and rescuers”, who are now ready to enter and rescue victims from any collapse structure.
Talking to reporters on the occasion of an awareness drill of the fire brigade, the chairman said that the CDA was taking concrete measures to ensure the safety of residents of the capital.
He said that all vehicles of the fire brigade were in excellent condition, and added that the CDA was reorganising the MPO workshop so that all machinery of the CDA could be repair at this workshop.
The CDA chairman said that during a severe emergency, the civic body could avail the services of the helicopter of the Cabinet Division.
A well-trained team of Fire Prevention and Audit wing had been doing safety audits of pubic use buildings to reduce the risk of incidents, an official of the CDA told APP.
He said that the fire brigade had recently been revamped through the purchase of 35 new fire tenders and four snorkels (two 29 metres, two 68 metres high).
The official said that there were 750 trained staff, adding that the fire tenders had been strategically deployed for swift reaction in minimum time.
He said that the Emergency and Disaster Management Academy had been planned by the CDA at H11 on an area of 740,000 sq ft. “This academy has been envisaged as a training facility for the CDA against all types of disasters,” he added. 
He said that it would also provide training facilities to the staff of other government departments as well as NGOs concerned.

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