New civil defence division launched in Bangalore
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010, 22:57
  
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, Bangalore, said.

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).

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010, 22:57


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