LAHORE    -   The Emergency Services Academy (ESA), Lahore col-laborated with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Pakistan to organise international courses for rescue officers. 

In this regard, two Community Action for Disas­ter Response (CADRE) courses have been organ­ised at Emergency Services Academy to enhance professional skills of rescue officers and instruc­tors. A total of 48 officers and instructors of Res­cue 1122 from Punjab have been trained to es­tablish Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) at Union Coun-cil level to assist Emer­gency Service in management of emergencies and safety promotion activities. 

Speaking at closing ceremony, DG Punjab Emer­gency Service Department (PESD), Dr. Rizwan Naseer congratulated the participants on success­ful completion of the courses. He said that it was great opportunity provided to Rescue Safety Of­ficers (RSOs) and Instructors to refresh their pro­fessional skills to fur-ther train the community volunteers on organized emergency response as per in-ternational standard. 

Dr. Rizwan Naseer expressed that the role of any community in any emergency or disaster was highly important as they were the first re­sponders and sufferers as well so a well disas­ter sensitized community can play an effective role in case of any untoward incident. He also directed RSOs/ Instructors to ensure uniform standard of CADRE training while imparting this course to the CERTs. 

On the occasion, Brig. (R) Sajid Naeem Country Representative ADPC, Pakistan con­gratulated the participants on successful completion of the course and in-structors to make it successful with their entire efforts. He highly acknowl-edged the role of Emergency Services Academy for institutionalization of Pro-gram for Enhancement of Emergency Response PEER courses. He ensured that the cooperation would be continued to enhance the professional capacity of the Emergency services in South Asia.