The October 2005 earthquake highlighted the risk exposure and vulnerability of Pakistan and its inadequacy to deal with emergency and disaster response. The resources that existed were largely unable to deal with the collapsed Margalla Towers in Islamabad and hundreds of other structures across the earthquake zone. Pakistan depended heavily on the international search and rescue agencies for rescuing people trapped under the rubble.
Natural and human-made disasters are increasing and so is their intensity. Together with the ever-growing threat from terrorist activities world-wide, the need for modern specialist search and rescue skills has also increased.
In Pakistan, capacity in preparedness and response capacities at community level is low. For more complex emergency response, The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has created two Heavy and one Medium Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams along with compliment of dog search teams in Islamabad and Karachi to respond to disasters.
The Northern Areas of Pakistan remain cut off from the rest of Pakistan from November to May. This aspect makes this area vulnerable in case of a disaster as the current HUSAR teams may not be able to access the disaster area. Therefore it is important to build local capacity in search and rescue. NDMA intends to establish medium search and rescue teams, one each in Gilgit and Chitral and provide them with latest equipment.
One UN DRM Programme requires the services of Assistant trainer to assist in training of medium Urban Search and Rescue team in Chitral
Tasks and Responsibilities:
· Assist the Master trainer in selection and evaluation of USAR team.
· Practically demonstrate USAR, river and mountain rescue techniques.
· Assist in making preparations for the training (including review of equipment, venue etc).
· Assist in training of the team members on technical search and rescue spanning over 08 weeks covering surface and sub surface rescue, water rescue, repelling, firefighting, medical first response and any other technique related to USAR.
· Continuous Evaluation of individual USAR team members.
· Ensuring that the USAR team members are engaged in Physical Training exercises on daily basis.
· Maintain discipline within the USAR team members throughout the training.