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CIVIL DEFENCE CONFERENCE ON “PREPAREDNESS FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL & NUCLEAR DISASTER”, AT SRINAGAR

Conference on Civil Defence preparedness in
progress at Srinagar
Panel of experts during Civil Defence Conference
at Srinagar on September 13, 2007

A day long conference on Civil Defence “Preparedness for Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Disaster” was organized by civil defence organisation on September 13, 2007 at Kashmir University Srinagar. Sh.Kuldeep Khoda, IPS Director General of Police while inaugurating the conference stressed upon enabling the community to tackle any sort of disaster whether man-made or natural by proper preparation and training. He further stated that frequency of disaster has increased in recent years and J&K being geographically more prone to disasters, such conference is an attempt to make public and defence personnel aware about their role during disasters. It is better to be prepared for any disaster than to be caught unprepared. He further announced that the two companies to deal with disaster more effectively would be trained in disaster management.

Earlier Sh.Navin Agarwal, IPS, IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K said that such conferences & other activities are organized by civil defence to empower the common masses to face disaster effectively. He said that civil defence has been able to tackle conventional disaster to the optimum level, but for any unconventional disaster like Nuclear, Biological and Chemical, people need to be prepared and made aware of.

Sh.Gopal Sharma, IPS Security Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K presenting memento

During the day long conference four technical sessions were held in which eminent speakers gave presentations and held deliberations Sh.G.S.Saini, Director National Civil Defence Training College Nagpur gave a presentation on “Role of Civil Defence in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Disasters”. He in his presentation elaborated how civil defence volunteers being first responder can control the disaster effectively with their skills and trainings. He said that people need to take civil defence seriously, extend their co-operation whenever needed.

Dr.D.N.Sharma, Head BSSD, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre Mumbai highlighted the nuclear threat in his presentation on “Nuclear Radiation-Why Awareness Is Essential At All Levels”. He exhorted upon creating awareness of all levels so that we are not caught unaware, as awareness is first step to preparedness. Another speaker Dr.K.Ganenesan, Dy.Director DRDO Gwailor acquainted the participants with “Chemical warfare agents”. Dr.M.K.N.Yonkie, Dean R & D LIT Nagpur gave a presentation on “Threat Of Biological Disaster or Germ Warfare and Defence Against it”. At the end of Technical sessions a team of NDRF from Chandigarh gave a demonstration on the use of NBC equipments in prevention and mitigation of disasters.

Sh.Gopal Sharma, Security Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister was the chief guest for valedictory function. Sh.Sharma in his valediction address congratulated Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP, Civil Defence and his team for a well attended and well organized day long conference on a important subject like NBC. He was also appreciative of the fact that such conferences will not only create awareness but also provide an opportunity to share our experiences and expertise.

Prominent among those who participated in the conference were Dr.Kamal Saini, IPS DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police, Sh.T.Phunsog, IPS Comdt. Aux. Police 2nd Bn Jammu, Sh.Gh.Sarwar Chouhan, SSP S.O to IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K, Sh.Jugal Mahajan Chief warden Civil Defence Jammu, Sh.Omer K.Nedou Chief warden Civil Defence Srinagar, Sh.G.M.Wadoo Dy.SP, Sh.A.H.Beigh Dy.SP, Sh.G.Nabi Dar, Dy.SP, Sh.Muneer Ahmded Reshi Dy.SP, Sh.Mohd Ashraf wani Dy.SP, Sh.N.S.Jamwal Dy.SP, Sh.Mohd Majid Malik Dy.SP, Sh.P.D.Sharma Dy.SP, Sh.D.R.Bhagat Dy.SP, Sh.Mohd Aslam Dy.SP, Ms.Manjit Kour Dy.SP, Sh.J.B.Singh, Dy.SP and besides large number of Civil Defence wardens of Jammu & Kashmir.


 

 

URBAN MOCK FIRE DRILL AT SRINAGAR

A view of Mock exercise drill held at Kralkhud, Srinagar

A full dress Mock exercise was conducted by the disaster management authority of India through Brig. Dr.B.K.Khanna at Ganpathyar Kralkhud on September 18, 2007 in which all the key stake holders participated including civil defence Srinagar. The Civil Defence Kashmir had been given responsibility of dummy casualties and dummy injured persons at the site for which this organisation had provided civil defence volunteers for the said purpose. Besides this, civil defence have provided rescue parties comprising of officials/ wardens with ambulance vehicles to the site and fire fighting party who worked to the entire satisfaction of the Disaster Management officers.

In addition to this, civil defence organisation also provided dummy fire victims who were shifted from the place of incident to the relief camp at Hindu High School. Later on Brig. Khanna interacted with the fire sufferers at relief camp. After the exercise, a press briefing was conducted by Brig.B.K.Khanna and Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar in which they appreciated the role of all departments including Civil Defence Srinagar. The observers who were invited from out side the state lauded the role of Civil Defence during the exercise.


 

 

DIG HG/CD & AUX. POLICE REVIEWS CIVIL DEFENCE ACTIVITIES AT SAMBA

A meeting to review the Civil Defence activities in the Civil Defence Town Samba was held by Dr.Kamal Saini, IPS DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu in the office of Dy.Controller Civil Defence Samba on September 26, 2007. Sh.T.Punchok, IPS Commandant Aux. Police II Bn Jammu, Chief wardens Sh.Dharmvir Singh, Civil Defence wardens and large number of prominent citizens of Civil Defence town Samba attended the meeting. At the outset of the meeting, the DIG got introduction of all the civil defence wardens and briefed the aim of the meeting. Besides they were also requested to put their problems/ suggestions with regard to development of Civil Defence organisation so that its activities are utilized for the welfare of the general society in the hour of need.

During the meeting various measures related to Civil Defence were discussed which include, maintaining close liaison with Dy.Controller & administration and gearing up civil defence activities in the town.


 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF

  • A meeting of Civil Defence Wardens was held at RCDCC Jammu under the chairmanship of Dr.Kamal Saini, DIG and HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu on September 05, 2007 which was attended by Civil Defence wardens of CD Town Jammu.
  • meeting to review the Civil Defence & Homeguards activities in Jammu province was held in the office of DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu on September 6,2007. All Dy.Controllers Area Commandants and I/C Detachments of Aux. Police attended the meeting.
  • A Darbar was held by DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu at Hqrs. of Aux. Police 2nd Bn Jammu on September 19,2007 which was attended by GOs/NGOs and Staff.
  • A meeting of Civil Defence wardens of CD Town Kathua was held on September 26, 2007 under the chairmanship of DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu. Besides the CD wardens the Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu, Area Commandant Homeguards Kathua and I/C Detachment Aux. Police Kathua also attended the meeting.
  • On September 17, 2007 four persons (labourer) got trapped under the land slide near Dak bunglow at Doda. On direction of Dy. Commisioner Doda, Dy.Controller Civil Defence Doda and Sh.Javeed Iqbal Azad Chief Warden CD alongwith wardens of CD Doda swung into action and reached on the spot. The rescue operation started and with the hard efforts of Civil Defence team, CRPF and Army one person was saved alive in the landslide and shifted to District Hospital Doda. The dead bodies of other three persons were traced. The role of civil defence wardens were appreciated by the people of the area.
  • A matador bearing No.JKII 1979 met with an accident at Sheri Morh coming from Sihal to Nowshera on 28-8-2007. On getting the information Sh.R. P.Damral post warden civil defence Nowshera alongwith CD wardens/ volunteers rushed towards the spot and launched rescue operation with the help of local police. 26 injured persons were brought to District Hospital Nowshera and two seriously injured persons were referred to GMC Jammu.


 

 

A view of dignitaries at registration counter registering their names at Gandhi Bhawan Kashmir University, Srinagar during CD Conference held on 13-9-2007
Sh.Navin Agarwal, IPS, IGP HG / CD & Aux.Police, J&K briefing the media about the importance of CD Conference at Gandhi Bhawan Kashmir University, Srinagar

 

Dr.Kamal Saini,IPS DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police briefing officers in a provincial level meeting at
Jammu
A view of the Civil Defence wardens meeting held at RCDCC Jammu

 

A view of Darbar held at Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu on September 19, 2007
Dr. Kamal Saini, IPS DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police & Sr.officers at darbar of Aux. Police personnel

 

 

Patron: Shri Navin Agarwal IPS,
Inspector General of Homeguards/Civil Defence & Aux. Police J&K
Chief Editor:

Dr.Kamal Saini IPS, Dy.Inspector General of Homeguards/Civil Defence & Aux. Police J&K

Editorial Board:

Sh. S.M. Khatotra, SSP; Sh. G.S. Chouhan, SSP; Ms. Manjit Kour Dy.SP; Sh. Muhammad Amin, Insp(S); Sh. Chaman Lal ASI(M)