* CDA chairman says Building Standards for Fire Prevention and Life Safety 2010 and Islamabad Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulation 2010 finalised to systemise by-laws
* Flag march held to create sense of security among citizens
ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) is striving to achieve international standards to respond the emergency and disaster situation, said CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi on Tuesday addressing a demonstration to mark the International Firefighters Day.
The event was organised to honour the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in line of duty.
Elahi said Emergency and Disaster Management (E&DM) was the best equipped and modernized one in the region.
Flag march: The emergency, rescue and disaster management of the civic body staged a flag march to create a sense of security and protection among the citizens by demonstrating that it was well equipped and capable to meet any eventuality.
A big fleet of fire brigade and rescue service 1122 marched on different roads of the city. Fire fighting tenders, snorkels, rescue vans, commander van and ambulances participated in the march that started from the Fire Headquarters and after passing through different avenues concluded at the same place.
The march-past was followed by a fire extinguishing mock drill in which CDA firefighters exhibited their capability by controlling the fire of a hut and later recovered the inmates of the buildings by cutting the concrete room wall and shifting the injured to hospital.
The event included fire and rescue drills, flag march and distribution of prizes among the courageous fire fighters for showing outstanding performance in emergency situation.
“We have gathered here today to join the world in observing the International Fire Fighters Day to pay respect to the martyrs who laid down their lives while protecting and rescuing their fellow human beings during the emergencies and disasters. We have all the praise for the tremendous sacrifices offered by all those valiant fire fighters who could never be deterred by the blazing fire and disasters from time to time,” said the CDA chairman.
He directed CDA Member Administration Syed Mustafain Kazmi to make the trainings of the E&DM staff a regular feature and to equip it with the latest technology.
Building standards: He said CDA had finalised the CDA Building Standards for Fire Prevention and Life Safety 2010 and Islamabad Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulation 2010 to systemise the relevant by-laws.
He said CDA was carrying out risk assessment of public and private building to suggest measures in case of emergency, fire and disaster situations. He said although many important building were not fully equipped for the fire prevention and safety, however, it was encouraging that different organisations had got approved projects for up-gradation of their safety measures.
Source: Daily Times, Pakistan