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February 21, 2021

Rescue Cadet Corps launched for social change

Islamabad

 
February 21, 2021

In order to engage youth as per vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Rescue Cadet Corps (RCC) is another initiative of Government of Punjab through Rescue 1122 to engage youth to establish healthy, safe, resilient and more prosperous communities in the country. Rescue Service is available round the clock on emergency number 1122 to all citizens, in case of any emergency or disaster without any discrimination. It is the service trusted by the public and people love to be connected with Rescue Service for making their areas clean, green and safe. Over 5,000 Community Emergency Response Teams in all union councils of Punjab associated with Rescue 1122, every year their participation in Inter Union Councils Competition at district level and in National Volunteer Challenge is one of great example of volunteer engagement through any government organization.

Rescue Cadet Corps (RCC) is a step like National Cadet Corps (NCC) to train students on emergency management and safety promotion. The mission of RCC initiative is mobilising the power of youth through Rescue Cadet Corps of volunteers to establish sustainable, healthy, safe and resilient communities. In order to make this initiative more pragmatic Rescue Cadet Corps Mobile App was also developed in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to connect all Rescue Scouts (volunteers) of communities and educational institutions for online registrations, trainings and certification after hands on drills practices in colleges and nearest Rescue Stations. Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar formally launched Rescue Cadet Corps Mobile App on February 19, 2021 at Governor House, Lahore. This app has been specially developed in view of COVID-19 so that students and citizens could get online training on RCC components and then teams of Rescue trainers across Punjab shall conduct two weeks drills / practical for hand on practice of lifesaving skills.

Rescue Punjab Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer submitted a proposal for RCC training of college students and giving them 20 marks as given previously for NCC. Similarly, credit hours for university students to attract students for management of emergency management trainings and safety promotion activities. It was really amasing that Governor Punjab stressed to link Rescue Scouts with different organisations like TEVTA, chambers and Akhwat to give them further opportunities of skill development leading to livelihood initiatives for prosperous communities.

Volunteering (to offer to do something without being forced to do it or without getting paid for it) - for the sake of humanity (in the way of Allah), any citizen interested to be part of RCC can register on app as Rescue Scout and get online training on five basic modules of Community Safety Training Course. These modules includes first aid, fire safety, road safety, healthy and clean Pakistan and clean environment. After that, two week long specialised hand on training/ drills will be organized in colleges and universities for students. This practical training would include team building exercises, safety promotion activities and lifesaving practical.

One of the important RCC component is Pakistan Life Savers Program (PLSP) in collaboration with Aga Khan University Hospital with the stated goal of equipping 10 million Pakistanis with lifesaving skills of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and bleeding control to increase the chances of survival of the victims of cardiac arrest and trauma victims. The pre requisite to launch this program is under process and shall be launched in next month. AKU PLSP and First Aider in every home program of Rescue Service both programs are complementing each other. Another RCC component is Industrial Emergency Response Team (ERT) Training, the business groups from industries who will complete online training, will be facilitated by Rescue trainers at their workplace for hands on practice of emergency evacuation, emergency response and safety drills.

Written by Deeba Shahnaz Akhter

Head of Community Safety & Information, Rescue 1122 Punjab

Email: [email protected]