With an aim to bring down the casualties due to mishaps on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and save the ‘golden hour´, J-K police have trained 40 volunteers from nearby villages who will provide first-aid and act as first responders to any tragedy.
The golden hour is the first hour after an accident which is most important in saving a person’s life.
“The volunteers would act more or less on the pattern of ASHA of health department,” Inspector general of police, civil defence, Dilbagh Singh said while winding up a two-day disaster preparedness training programme for tackling accidents on the highway.
Singh said hundreds of precious lives are lost due to accidents every year on the 45 km road stretch between Qazigund and Banihal on the highway.
He assured that a comprehensive programme will be taken up to train volunteers between Srinagar and Jammu and they will be engaged as Civil Defence Volunteers.
The IGP said two companies of Auxiliary Police wing are also being trained as State Disaster Response Force to tackle any disaster.
Around 40 volunteers selected from villages falling on the Highway between Qazigund and Banihal were imparted training on search and rescue, first aid and fire fighting and were given certificates of participation.