GUWAHATI, Aug 8: A team of 1st battalion NDRF comprising of assistant commandant Surendra Kumar along with two sub-ordinate officers and 27 rescuers participated in a joint mock exercise on industrial disaster emergency and response at IOC at Mirza in the outskirts of Guwahati on Monday. NDRF rescuers during the exercise established command post & medical base in safety prone and so as to monitor the situation and provide pre hospital treatment to victims. During the mock drill, effective methodology & response drills was rehearsed & practiced to ensure effective, speedy and safe operation with very limited equipments.
Industrial disaster response & mitigation exercises mock drills generate mass awareness in all section of society. This kind of mock drills also develops better co-ordination which is essential to respond to actual disaster situations moreover disaster response is not only the task of specialized groups; community groups, youths working personnel, NGOs, various authorities & civil administration also play an instrumental role for effective & accountable disaster management. The community should be aware of the hazardous installations and know how to combat the situation. The local community has to be informed about the responsive steps to be taken in case of an accident.
There is little or no warning of industrial chemical accidents the loss incurred is very high. There is a huge loss to life property livelihood & environment, hazardous materials in various forms can cause death, serious injury & damage to buildings, homes & other properties. The areas close to an industrial setup may be under immediate threat.
Approximately 150 personnel including employees from plant, NDRF, Fire Service, DDMA, Police, health service and media participated in the joint mock drill. After the exercise a de-briefing session was done in which role of NDRF was highly appreciated by huge gathering of local public, bureaucrat’s civil administration, in successfully conducting the joint mock drill.
The exercise concluded in evening at 2 pm with a note to organize more such exercise in future so that the effective response operations during industrial disaster could be carried out to save precious human lives.