Srinagar: A one-day disaster preparedness training program was held in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir for medical and paramedical staff from several NGOs in the Kashmir Valley.
It was organized by the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Jammu and Kashmir in conjunction with the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Civil defense.
Staff members have received basic training in first aid, firefighting and search and rescue. Live demonstrations were also given to participants by SDRF and Civil Protection teams.
Speaking to ANI, Director of Disaster Management, JK, Aamir Ali said basic first aid should be administered for injuries such as bleeding, broken bones, burns or in case of accident or when a woman is pregnant. to staff.
“We teach them how to perform search and rescue at a disaster site, as they are also the first responders to the site. We also teach them basic firefighting skills, in case they reach a fire site,” Ali said.
As NGOs are one of the important actors during natural and man-made disasters, if medical and paramedical personnel are well versed in disaster management, it can help in reducing mortality as well as morbidity rate.
This can raise awareness among the masses about the importance of pre-hospital care, which is an essential component of emergency medical services.
The head of the Kashmir NGO, Dr Riyaz Ahmad, said: “To bridge the gap between knowledge and practicality, we asked the disaster management department to train our staff on how to improve their skills in accordance with the requirements of the territory”.
“Our staff will definitely benefit from this as they will know how to approach victims during natural disasters,” he added.
While talking about the training program, a paramedic, Manzoor Ahmad, said, “Our main focus was rescue.
“The trainers taught us how to rescue people in case of fire, flood or building collapse. They gave us effective training on how to save not only humans but also animals, when disaster strikes,” Ahmad said.
Previously, disaster management mainly focused on the effectiveness of the post-disaster phase, but nowadays it also places significant importance on capacity development leading to preparedness and readiness to deal with a disaster. disaster.