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Newsletter - June '2007
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CIVIL DEFENCE SEMINAR TO MANAGE DISASTERS

Shri Navin Agarwal IPS, IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K addressing participants during a civil defence seminar at IMPA Srinagar

A Civil Defence seminar on topic “Challenges for Civil Defence in assisting State Government to Manage Disasters” was organized by the civil defence organisation in the auditorium of Institute of Management and Public Administration Srinagar, under the presidentship of Shri Navin Agarwal, IPS, Inspector General of Police Homeguards/Civil Defence & Aux. Police J&K on June 12, 2007. The distinguished persons who attended the seminar were Sh.G.S.Saini, Director, National Civil Defence College Nagpur; Sh. S.A. Khan, Rtd. IGP; Sh.Farooq Ahmed, DIG Kashmir; Sh.R.A.Dar, IPS Rtd. DIG; Sh.Feroz Din Ahmed Shah Rtd.Comdt. Aux. Police; Sh.Reyaz Bedar, IPS SSP SBK; Sh.S.A.Syed IPS, SSP CID; Smt.Shahzada Mir, Principal Govt. Higher Secondary School Kothibagh ; Sh.Aamir Ali (UNDP); representatives from health institutions, colleges and engineering wing also attended the seminar.

Sh.Navin Agarwal, IPS Inspector General of Police HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K, in his welcome address said that civil defence organisation is imparting CD basic training to the citizens/students so as to prepare them to help the needy at the time of disasters and other natural calamities and in order to give specific training/awareness to the masses. Sh.G.S.Saini Director National Civil Defence College, Nagpur elaborated the initiatives taken by the state Civil Defence during 2005 earthquakes and 2006 floods.

Sh.G.S.Saini,Director National Civil Defence College Nagpur addressing the gathering during Seminar

He stressed that awareness on preventive measures constitute significant component of Civil Defence mechanism and exhorted upon the seminar participants to double the efforts and sense of commitment which is key to future success of the awareness campaign launched by the organisation. During day long seminar detailed question answer sessions were also held in which good number of civil defence volunteers participated. Principal, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Kothibagh expressed her satisfaction about the awareness campaign launched by the civil defence organisation. She thanked the department for organizing such a meaningful seminar.


 

 

CIVIL DEFENCE ORGANISES AN AWARENESS CAMP AT DANSAL

A Two Days Awareness Camp was organized in Rural area Dansal, at “Mother Teresa Social Development Centre” w.e.f. June 11, 2007 to June 12, 2007 by Regional Civil Defence Control Centre Jammu. The main aim of the awareness camp was to introduce and extend the role and scope of Civil Defence to rural masses. A large number of rural youth including males and females attended the awareness camp. Those participated in the camp were imparted basic Civil Defence trainings. They were taught and made to practice the very basics of Rescue, First Aid and Fire-fighting. The camp was specially focused on the topic “First Aid to a Seriously Injured Patient before His Hospitalization”.

Ms.Manjit Kour KPS, Dy.Controller Civil Defence delivered on the topic “ Role & Scope of Civil Defence in Rural Areas”. On the occasion S. Surinder Singh Retd. SSP who is one of the senior functionaries of the Social Development Centre said that Civil Defence organization is one of the best semi Social / Govt. organizations in J&K have always came forward during natural calamities and past unpreferred wars to rescue the sufferers of the calamity/Wars.

Sister Jyothis John N.S, of “Mother Teresa Social Development Centre” Dansal, Jammu welcomed the guests and showed her gratitude to the civil defence organization which made the awareness camp, a more practical based workshop. She insisted that the training aspect of civil defence should also be extended to villages as the people who have less exposure should be given this important training.


 

 

TWENTY FIVE DAYS REFRESHER COURSE AT CTI HG/CD JAMMU

 

Sh.Mukesh Singh IPS, SSP Jammu distributing training certificates among the volunteer Homeguards

25 days Refresher Course for the voluntary Homeguards concluded on June 17, 2007 at Central Training Institute of Homeguards/Civil Defence Jammu. Sh. Mukesh Singh IPS, SSP Jammu was the chief guest at the valedictory function. He distributed cash reward and class-III certificates to the trainees. Addressing the trainees, SSP Jammu said that trained Volunteers Homeguard can serve well in police stations, provide intelligence inputs and assist SHOs in routine work, as they are also trained in basic civil defence and disaster management. Earlier, Sh.S.M.Khatotra, Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu gave a brief about the activities of Central Training Institute.

Ms. Manjit Kour, Principal CTI HG/CD Jammu said that these Homeguards volunteers are trained not only in discipline and drill but have also been given weapon training and taught various aspects of civil defence.


 

 

CIVIL DEFENCE LAUNCHES RESCUE OPERATIONS

Srinagar An incessant wind Storm on 18-5-2007 at about 2030 hrs. with a speed of 80Kms per hour, created havoc in Srinagar town. At many places trees including chinar and electric poles got uprooted. The RCDCC activated Civil Defence volunteers service in their own areas to provide necessary help to the affected people. They removed uprooted trees and poles from roads at Gund Hasi Bhat and damaged roof tops of a few houses. They also provided moral as well as physical help to people thus saving their properties from damage in Sazgaripora area of Srinagar.
Doda: In the intervening Night of 15-16/05/07 at about 0045 hours, during heavy rain a cloud blast took place at Pranoo, Doda. seven residential houses including a patwar khana were damaged badly. 75% to 90% property was lost, however no loss to any human life was reported. Sh. Javaid Iqbal Azad, Chief warden Civil Defence Doda along with Civil Defence wardens/ volunteers reached the spot early in the morning and provided solace to affected families. They helped them to minimize damage to property. The Controller Civil Defence cum-Dy.Commissioner Doda visited the spot and gave necessary relief to the affected families on spot.
Rajouri : On 28-6-2007, due to torrential rains at Rajouri some locations like Darhali, Balla Colony and Muradpur were badly effected due to flood rains and the inhabitants of these affected areas were trapped in the rain floods. Civil Defence Rajouri was activated and a rescue team comprising upon 19 Aux.Police personnel and 10 CD Wardens and Volunteers, under the supervision of Sh. K.K. Langer was rushed towards the affected areas. Measuring deteriorating situation, Sh. K.K. Langer Chief Warden Rajouri requested the Dy. Commissioner for arranging a Helicopter to evacuate the trapped civilians. The request of Chief Warden was accepted immediately and a Helicopter was pressed into service to rescue the trapped civilians.

Kathua: On 29-6-2007, due to incessant rains at CD Town Kathua a large number civilians were trapped in flash floods occurred in Bhag Nalla at village Mukendpur. The Civil Defence rescue operation team comprising upon two Aux.Police personnel and 7 CD Warden and Volunteers was rushed towards the place of incident who did a commendable job while rescuing the trapped civilians from the flood waters. Chief Warden CD Town Kathua Sh. Dian Chand was monitoring the full situation from the Civil Defence Control Room and was informing the situation from time to time to higher ups of the administration.


 

 

CIVIL DEFENCE ORGANISES VALEDICTORY FUNCTION AT CTI HG/CD JAMMU

A five days First Aid Training Course in collaboration with Red Cross Jammu was inaugurated on 25-6-2007 by Mrs. Manjit Kour, KPS, Dy. Controller Civil Defence Jammu at CTI HG/CD Jammu. A large number senior Civil Defence wardens and other functionaries from various Civil Defence towns including Rajouri, Sunderbani & Samba participated in this training course. Two Specialist Doctors from GMC Jammu namely Dr.S.K. Badyal and Dr.Dinesh Malhotra delivered their valuable lectures on the subjects viz artificial respiration, fractures, wounds, snake bites and on other allied matters of First Aid in the situation of pre-hospitalization of injured / serious patients. Shri Dinesh Gupta Divisional Warden Civil Defence Jammu who was the collaborator from the Red Cross Jammu said on the occasion that it is very necessary for every citizen to know what is First Aid and its importance.

 


 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF:

  • A fresh batch of Civil Defence volunteers comprising upon 51civilians belonging to Channi Himat locality have been enrolled in Civil Defence town Jammu in the month of June 2007.
  • Awareness camp organized for the students of computer section of ‘Seva Bharti Trust’ Jammu in which 50 students were enrolled as CD volunteers on June 16,2007.
  • A civil defence awareness camp was organized at CD town Akhnoor, on June 2007, in which Sh.T.Phunsog, Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn Jammu was the chief guest. He addressed the participants and said that the aim of civil defence is to impart trainings to civilians in order to train them to combat with fire incidents, drowning, first aid etc.Sh.Mohd. Taj I/C Dy.Controller Civil Defence Aknoor, Smt.Kuldeep Kour, Post warden Akhnoor and a large number of civilians were present in the awareness camp. A team of CTI instructors delivered lectures during the day long awareness camp.
  • Two days Civil Defence awareness camp was organized at Tulmuallah on 22nd and 23rd June 2007 on the eve of Mela Kheer Bhawani by Civil Defence, Srinagar. Soft drinks/ portable fresh drinking water alongwith First Aid facilities were kept available for the devotees in the camp. Various devotees including dignitaries who visited the holy Shrine appreciated the Civil Defence Volunteers for their voluntary service.
  • A five days Civil Defence training camp was organized at Baba Demb, Srinagar in which more than 30 citizens participated. This camp was inaugurated by Dy. Controller Sh A.H. Beigh, on May 29, 2007. The citizens were imparted training in various aspects of civil defence and disaster mitigation techniques.
  • Civil Defence organized an awareness cycle rally on May 19, 2007 from Dalgate to Harwan Srinagar. More than seventy cyclists participated in the rally which was flagged off at Dalgate by Shri Omer K.Nedou, Chief Warden Civil Defence Srinagar. Cash prizes were given to the three toppers by Sh. M.A Dainposh, Commandant Auxiliary Police 1st Bn. Srinagar.

 


 

Officers interacting during the civil defence seminar at IMPA Srinagar
Officers deliberation during the awareness camp at Akhnoor, Jammu

 

Sh.M.A.Dainposh, CO Aux. Police 1st Bn. distributing prizes among the winners of cycle rally
Officers during Civil Defence campaign at Baba Demb, Srinagar

 

Civil Defence wardens/volunteers in the service of Society at Tullamulla, Srinagar
Instructors & Civil Defence trainees during a practical cum demonstration at Dansal, Jammu