Bangalore: Training civilians in handling
emergencies could help in managing tragedies like the recent
fire in a business complex here that left nine persons dead,
an official Civil Defence said on Sunday.
“The importance of having a trained citizen force has been
quite evident with the Carlton Towers incident. If civilians
are trained in critical emergencies like the one witnessed
recently, the situation could have been handled in a better
way," Major Gen John (Retd.), Chief Warden, Civil Defence,
He was speaking at the launch of a new Civil Defence
Division, comprising K.P Agrahara, under the aegis of the
Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire & Emergency
Services and formal launch of Area Suraksha Mitra-Kannu Teri
Bengaluru (open your eyes Bangalore) campaign.
He said Civil Defence was set up initially with an
objective of actively supporting efforts of government and the
armed forces to safeguard the country by training civilians to
help in constructive and nation building activities, including
assistance in relief and rescue work during natural calamities
like flood, earthquake, cyclone, drought etc.
Civil Defence was being recognized as a part and parcel
of the society and as a strong force in itself. "In this
scenario, we are looking for involvement of over 6000
volunteers distributed across the various polling booths in
the city", he said.
The ‘Area Suraksha Mitra-Kannu Teri Bengaluru’ campaign
is an initiative of the Directorate of Home Guards & Civil
Defence in association with the city police and NGO Janaagraha
to create safer neighbourhoods by utilising the power of
citizens, an official release said.
Over 50 Area Suraksha Mitras (ASM) were inducted into the
KP Agrahara (Division).