GUWAHATI: A team of 1st Battalion NDRF participated in a Joint mock exercise on CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear) emergency and response on Monday at Guwahati Refinery Noonmati Assam to ensure effective response of fire brigade and employees working in Guwahati Refinery Assam. 1st BN NDRF took active participation and assisted plant employees in planning and coordination at the initial stage. Rescuers of NDRF participated in an exercise with all required response tools & equipment in the exercise.
According to a press release, NDRF rescuers during the exercise established a command post and medical base in safety prone areas so that the situation could be monitored and Prehospital treatment provided to victims. During mock drill effective methodology and response drills was rehearsed and practiced to ensure effective speedy and safe operation with very limited pieces of equipment.
Industrial disaster response and mitigation exercise 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 for personnel, NGOs, various authorities and civil administration also play an instrumental role for effective and accountable disaster management. The community should be aware of hazardous installations and know how to combat the situation. The local community has to be informed about the response steps to be taken in case of an accident community member should monitor the pollution levels of the industry and participate in mock drills for evacuation. It is little or no warning of industrial chemical accidents the loss incurred is very high. There is a huge loss to life property livelihood and environment, Hazardous materials in various form can cause death, serious injury and damage to buildings, homes and other properties. The areas close to an industrial setup are under immediate threat.
Approximately, 150 personnel including an employee from a plant, NDRF, SDRF, Fire Service, Police, CISF, N F Railway, District Administration, Health Service, and media participated in the joint mock drill. After the exercise, a debriefing session was done in which the role of NDRF was highly appreciated by a huge gathering of local public, bureaucrat’s civil administration, in successfully conducting the joint mock drill. The exercise concluded with a note to organize more such exercise in the future so that the effective response operations during CBRN emergency could be carried out to save precious human lives.
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