Rescue 1122 gets global recognition as it gets UN certification

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Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), has been officially approved by INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group), an organization is overseen by the United Nations (UN)Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

This announcement was made on Thursday by Winston Chang, INSARAG Secretariat, during a ceremony held at the Governor House. After the passing of this certification, the Pakistan Rescue Team or Rescue 1122 is now a UN certified search and rescue team. It can be called in the time of need, like earthquakes, etc. anywhere in the world.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, the Governor of Punjab, Rescue 1122 Director-General Dr. Rizwan Naseer and the official team of INSARAG were also present at the ceremony.

Rescue 1122 unlocks another achievement:

During the event, the foreign minister and the governor admired the team and stated that Rescue 1122 had unlocked another achievement.

“This achievement is a result of the hard work and dedication of Rescue 1122,” – said the foreign minister.

Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar stated that he had been there to witness the hopeless and helpless state of the victims after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. During that time, teams from the United Kingdom and other parts of the globe came for help since Pakistan didn’t have a skilled emergency response mechanism.

Dr. Rizwan Naseer said that the emergency services academy in Lahore, established by Rescue 1122, and had been selected as the location for posting the Pakistan Rescue Team, because of its central location and undisputable role in training a skilled emergency staff.

“The team will be able to train others from different provinces as well as those from neighboring countries,” – he said.

On the other hand, Alok Sharma, UK International Development Secretary of State, congratulated the team on this achievement.
He said:
“I am a proud expert of INSARAG which has mentored many Pakistani colleagues. Sharing British expertise has made Pakistan better equipped to respond to natural disasters”.

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