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Learning to tackle disasters at trade fair

Nishtha , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 20, 2013
First Published: 16:37 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 16:41 IST(20/11/2013)

In the midst of colourful celebrations at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in Pragati Maidan, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) put up a live demonstration on earthquake response on Monday. Real-life rescue workers performed a mock drill on how rescue operations are carried out.

These workers are trained in Collapsed Structure Search Rescue (CSSR) and Medical First Responder (MFR).
The drill was full of visual aids and showcased the disaster management procedure step by step. People in large numbers including school children were present at the event.
“The drill was an eye-opener. When the earthquake was shown, it was backed by sound and visual effects. I am glad that my daughter gained awareness while visiting the trade fair,” said Shweta Singh, a trade fair visitor who is a resident of Janakpuri.
While addressing the audience, M Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) spoke on the importance of educating children about disaster management. “If children are aware, it is ensured that the family will also become aware about managing calamities. We should be well prepared because disasters do not happen with prior notice,” said Reddy.
The live demonstration also included a street play by school children and the Canine Search and Rescue, where the audience was shown how dogs are trained for search and rescue operations.
The team was practising for a few days for this live demonstration. “We have a dedicated force for disaster response and management. We are a unique team and we wanted to showcase that to the citizens of our country. The rescue workers who performed here are fully trained and certified,” said a senior NDRF official.
The fair will be thrown open to the public from November 19.

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