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NDRF trains schoolchildren on disaster preparedness

From a Correspondent

TANGLA, June 14: The tiol Disaster Response Force (NDRF), in collaboration with District Disaster Magement Authority, assisted by local NGO Pherangadao, as a part of their school outreach programme to educate school children about disaster preparedness and mitigation, organized a community awareness programme at Presidency Junior College premises on Tuesday.

A 15-member team from 01 Battalion NDRF (tiol Disaster Response Force) Patgaon (Kamrup) imparted training on disaster magement awareness preparedness and demonstration of tools and equipments for the school students. Topics on MFR (Medical first responder) CSSR (Collapsed structure search and rescue), school safety training, urban search and rescue, earthquake, flood, land slide and community responders and road accidents were covered during the five-day training programme.

The objective of such campaign is to build capacities. Students were shown how to save lives and make low cost life-saving equipment like boats made with materials available locally.

A mock drill of effective handling of injured person in accidents was also staged.

A commander of the team said, “Our 01 Bn NDRF is assigned basically to cover  Darrang, Sonitpur, Baksa and Udalguri districts in any emergency situation that include man-made and tural disasters. We jump into action in half an hour and travel through the shortest route possible when necessity arises and standby teams are called for help. We jointly work with troops of District and State Disaster Magement and local fire-fighters.”

Students were also showcased footage and rescue operations by NDRF troops in the Nepal earth quake, Uttarakhand cloud-burst and Orissa cyclone. The programme was also attended by Saptati Endow, Assistant Commissioner in-charge SDO (civil) of Bhergaon.