LAHORE – Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General (DG) Dr Rizwan Naseer has urged the owners of factories and industrial units to follow building codes and adopt preventive measures for ensuring safety of human life.
Dr Naseer expressed these views during his interaction with TheNation Editor Salim Bokhari on Saturday. “We have established the emergency department and now we are focusing on changing public minds by launching community safety programmes and awareness campaigns,” he held.
The Rescue 1122 director general said the twin factory fire claimed more than 300 lives because of criminal negligence on the part of owners of these industrial units. “The Rescue 1122 has been expanded across Punjab and other provinces have also adopted this model,” said Dr Naseer, adding the management was also working on the launch of the emergency service at the tehsil level.
Speaking on building codes and fire safety measures, he said more than 90 per cent fire cases could be averted at an initial stage. In the West, authorities feel deeply concern even at a minor fire incident, said the Rescue 1122 director general, adding the industrial units in the country did not bother to establish a proper fire safety system.
Dr Naseer said a visible map of the building should be displayed at entry and exit points and inside the building with complete awareness among workers of the factory. Similarly, multi-storeyed buildings should have separate stairs and fire doors, whereas DCP cylinders and fire extinguishers should also be installed inside and outside the buildings.
“We have become the biggest humanitarian organisation of the world in just eight years,” he claimed. “Being pioneer of the Emergency Department, I launched this project with only 14 emergency ambulances in 2004. Now people know they have to dial 1122 in case of emergency,” he added.