Monday, July 8, 2013

PUNE: Civil defence force to organize disaster management training for youth

PUNE: The civil defence force (CDF) will soon conduct a training programme in the city for a group of young volunteers who will help the PimpriChinchwad municipal corporation (PCMC) in works related to disaster management. The programme will be organized post-monsoon. Officials of the civil defence force will visit various schools and colleges and train the youth. The PCMC has planned to provide the space for the training sessions. Tanaji Shinde, additional commissioner of the PCMC, said, "Youths are of immense help in rendering help to the people affected by disasters. So There is a need to impart proper training to the youth who are interested in helping the needy when a disaster strikes. The corporation will take the help of the civil defence force to prepare a group of trained volunteers to help us in such a situation. The civic body will provide necessary equipments to the group for rendering help to the needy during disasters." Before the training programme starts, a team of eight personnel from the civil defence force will extend their help to the civic body in their disaster management work from July. The team will be led by the divisional officer of CDF Suresh Lugade. Omprakash Bahiwal, chief of disaster management cell in the PCMC, said, "The team will handle the wireless control room at the main PCMC administrative building. They will take the calls received by the wireless department and the flood control cells.'' Bahiwal added that routine calls for fire and flood will be directed to the civic fire department. "If major mishaps or disasters like floods covering a large area or a building collapses, then this team will seek help of the other CDF members from the district for relief work," he said. Jul 8, 2013, 03.20 AM IST