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35 emergency responders including Afghans trained

35 emergency responders including Afghans trained

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May 02, 2018 - 09:23

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nearly three dozen 35 emergency responders, including Afghans, have been trained on proper handling and identification of bodies in emergency situations.

Attended by 35 emergency responders from 15 countries, the five-day international course was organised in Islamabad by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Emergency responders from Afghanistaninfo-icon, Bhutan, Egypt, Pakistaninfo-icon, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Nepal, Nigeria, Syria, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam participated in the training session.

On the opening day of the course, a field exercise was conducted to check the readiness of participants for mass-casualty incidents. A power plant explosion scene was enacted.

Rescue and emergency workers were supposed to respond, keeping in view the standard operating procedures and skills they were imparted during the training.

The course focused on new techniques and technologies to identify and handle bodies with respect and dignity, minimising the trauma of the bereaved families.

It included the challenges that usually hamper communications and coordination in the aftermath of an emergency.

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