"When disaster strikes, the time for preparation has passed." - Steven Cyros
Disaster doesn’t knock doors before coming.
About 166 Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers from the 74 RR Batch (2022) arrived at the 8th Battalion National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) based at Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad for specialized training in Disaster Management.
National Disaster Response Force is the world’s single largest force dedicated to disaster response. Its motto is आपदा सेवा सदैव सर्वत्र – meaning Sustained Disaster Response Service under all circumstances.
The IPS probationers were given demonstrations in Disaster Management under the leadership of Additional Director S. Hari Prasath.
The IPS probations currently undergoing pre-induction training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Academy (SVPNPA), at Hyderabad, before being sent to their respective state cadres to carry out their duties were welcomed by Commandant 8 Battalion NDRF Praveen Kumar Tiwari.
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), trains officers of the Indian Police Service selected after an All India-based Civil Services Examination.
The officer trainees were briefed by NDRF Inspector General Narendra Singh Bundela, IPS on the duties and functions of NDRF personnel as well as his experience during various operations in the past.
"Disasters happen, and we need to be prepared to respond when they do." - Bill Frist
As part of the training, the IPS officers were also apprised of the role, and challenges faced by the NDRF personnel and how they work in coordination with various other state disaster management agencies during disasters.
The IPS officers were also given mock demonstrations of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear emergencies as well as entry and exit in demolished building structures by the NDRF experts.
"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." - John F. Kennedy
The IPS trainees also witnessed an exhibition on the equipment currently being used by NDRF.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) plays a crucial role in disaster management and community awareness about Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Benjamin Franklin
NDRF consists of specialized, multi-skilled personnel located in different parts of the country to cut down the response time for deployment at disaster sites.
"Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can." - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Only a few days back NDRF personnel from the 8th Batallion in Ghaziabad and Kolkata, returned back from Turkey after a highly successful and appreciated search and rescue operation that led to winning the hearts of people in Turkey.
"Preparedness is the key to success and victory." - Douglas MacArthur
During the operation, the teams from NDRF recovered 85 bodies and at least two people who were still alive but buried under the debris.
At least 43,000 have died and millions were left homeless after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey in the night on February 6.
"Disasters can be opportunities for renewal and growth." - Krista Tippett
This was the first assignment for the NDRF personnel from the 8th battalion and their two rescue dogs — Honey, aged six, and Rambo, 5 on foreign soil.
The more you prepare in peace, the less you bleed in war
The eighth battalion largely comprises trained personnel from ITBP who have been trained in various aspects of disaster management to be the first responders and save precious human lives and property in case of emergency.