Need to equip local communities to tackle disasters stressed

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: A one-day programme organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the district administration here on Tuesday highlighted the need to equip local communities to respond to natural calamities and other emergency situations.

A 20-member team of the NDRF based at Arakkonam demonstrated various techniques and equipment used in search and rescue operations. Representatives of coastal communities, police, fire force and medical personnel, volunteers of the Red Cross and Nehru Yuva Kendra, NCC cadets and Scouts participated in the familiarisation exercise, which included disaster preparedness and response skills like fire safety, rescue and medical operations.

The NDRF team demonstrated methods of searching for victims trapped in a collapsed building, extracting and carrying them to safety, flood rescue, basic treatment for snake bite, reacting to an LPG leak and precautions to be taken during a lightning storm.

Different kinds of search lights, rescue equipment and life buoys and vests that can keep a person afloat in water were exhibited before the audience.

School children and NCC cadets assisted the NDRF personnel in demonstrating different techniques of carrying accident victims.