SDRF men getting best of training

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2017 10:37:22


By Rajan Raikwar,

Madhya Pradesh is one of the pioneering states in country to form State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Madhya Pradesh Government and Home Guards Headquarters are taking keen interest in shaping SDRF in best possible manner. The members of SDRF are being sent to country’s best institutes to learn the art of rescue operations.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ ADG Home Guards and chief of SDRF Manish Shanker Sharma told that highly trained professionals from BSF, SSB and Home Guards are being taken into SDRF. These professionals are highly trained in disaster management.

“In addition to this, we are also getting SDRF personnel trained at specialised institutes of India like Life Saving Society of India, Kolkata. This institute trains divers to go deep into sea and if required, divers are trained to go till 30 feet to 40 feet deep inside rivers and lakes to retrieve the target,” said Manish Shanker Sharma.

He informed that Madhya Pradesh is one of the states which equipped SDRF personnel with latest world level equipment.
“We are also giving under water communication sets and underwater camera to SDRF personnel. Likewise, SDRF has been also equipped with modern hydraulic lifters so that rescue operations can be done in far better manner,” he said.

Adding that entire work is being done under the guidance of DG Home Guards, V K Singh, he said current strength of SDRF is 300 personnel and a proposal has been sent to state government to get additional strength of 550 personnel.

“This proposal is almost in the final stage and once approved by State Government then SDRF strength will get increased further to have the shape of a battalion,” he said.
As of now SDRF force is deployed in Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior. However, demand pour’s in from other districts of state for the SDRF force.

Along with this, one command centre of SDRF has been also constituted to respond to the emergency calls made on toll free number 1079. The message coming to command centre automatically gets transferred to District Response Centres as well as amongst members of District Response Centres. This year, SDRF divers recovered as many as ten bodies from different places of State.