The Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) here on Friday said its initiative to locate units of the Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force at Bolangir helped in saving about 250 school children of Sevashram school in Nabarangpur district.
In fact the idea of creating five new ODRAF units at Bolangir, Rourkela, Baripada, Paradeep and Bhubaneswar along with the existing five units at Cuttack, Chhatrapur, Koraput, Jharsuguda and Balasore had paid off in the recent flash flood, OSDMA said here.
It said not only creation but also geographic dispersion of new ODRAF units at different strategic locations keeping in mind the vulnerability also helped in mobilisation of skilled manpower to the spot.
Besides, OSDMA had taken steps to convert selected fire stations into multi-hazard prepared units for acting as second line of defence during time of disaster.
It was experimented with great deal of success in the recent flood Kalahandi and Nabarangpur districts.
The personnel of Tentulikhunti fire station of Nabarangpur and Dharmagarh fire station of Kalahandi district equipped with modern emergency equipment saved precious human lives
Selected fire service units of the State have been strengthened with supply of emergency equipment like boats, lights and cutters to be mobilised with the shortest possible notice, said Nikunja K. Sundaray, Managing Director of OSDMA.
He said special training programmes for the personnel of the newly created ODRAF and fire service units had been conducted under the supervision and guidance of master trainers way in advance in the month of April, May to keep them prepared for the real time operations.