GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – Since its deployment in the North-east, the first battalion National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Patgaon, Guwahati, executed a number of operations and saved the lives of 11,110 people and extricated 37 human victims from rivers/ponds in various parts of Assam by employing its highly skilled and equipped search and rescue teams.
The NDRF has particularly excelled in successful rescue operations during floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Karimganj and Barpeta districts. Apart from flood rescue operations in Assam, the unit has responded during occurrence of landslides and accidents, an NDRF release stated.
The (NDRF) celebrated its first raising day recently reaffirming its commitment towards building a safer and disaster resilient India.
The NDRF battalion has not only responded in various disasters to save lives but has also trained over 6,000 persons of SDRFs, Railway, State police, students, volunteer NGOs, etc., of the northeastern States in disaster management trainings. The battalion has given exposure on disaster management to over 1,50,000 persons including students through exhibitions, mock drills, capsule training on DM complying its mandate to make a disaster resilient India.
On the occasion its raising day, the NDRF organised an exhibition-cum-demonstration on equipments used in various rescue operations and also the maneuvering of its highly trained K-9 squad.
The dog squad showed the speciality in identifying the victims in garbage, spotting the patients beyond the obstacles, etc., in presence of NCC and school students who were invited to witness the show. This exhibition and the K-9 show were open for all local public and students.
The onlookers, especially students, took keen interest in the show to know about the functioning of the NDRF and were enthusiastic after watching the advanced technology. In the evening, a regimental celebration was organised to mark the day and rescuers took the oath of empathy and service to humanity in a more pragmatic way.
Currently, the NDRF has ten battalions – each being provided with 18 self-contained specialist search and rescue teams of 45 personnel each including engineers, technicians, electricians, dog squads and medics/paramedics. These NDRF battalions are located at ten different locations in the country based on the vulnerability profile to cut down the response time for their deployment.