Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Other than the flagship programmes of rescue service, casualty service, fire fighting service, etc., the Civil Defence has initiated three special programmes for residents in the city.

Announcing this on the sidelines of launch of Kannu Teri Bengaluru here on Sunday, Jija Madhavan Harisingh, Director-General of Police (Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services), said three special programmes have been specially tailored to meet the needs of Bangaloreans.

“The most important is the self-defence programme for women. This assumes importance in the light of increasing attack on women in the city over the past few months. We have sought the help of a training institute to train 5,000 women in self-defence,” she said. She also said that Civil Defence would look into the suggestion of floating Mahila Suraksha Mitra in all neighbourhoods in the city.

Another initiative is to create awareness about the importance of first aid and providing training to at least 1,000 people. “Civil Defence has tied up with HOSMAT. First aid training will be provided to 1,000 people to begin with. Training will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We plan to provide training to the physical training instructors in all schools in the city,” she added.

About the third programme, Ms. Harisingh said that volunteers would be trained to row boats, make improvised rafts and floats with limited resources.