Disaster management drill at Jamnagar Air Force base
A disaster management drill was conducted at Air Force Station Jamnagar in the state today to ensure co-ordination between the state functionaries and the Indian Air Force in case of natural calamities in the region. Defence spokesperson Colonel S D Goswami said in a statement that the annual joint drill, which was conducted under the aegis of headquarters South Western Air command for the entire Gujarat region, was undertaken as a pro-active measure to prepare the participants for disaster management.
Representatives from National Disaster Response Force, all talukas, districts, state government and all the other directly/ indirectly associated departments actively participated in the exercise. "State disaster rehabilitation authorities commenced the programme by highlighting areas in the state which are prone to natural calamities and the steps taken by them to cope with such situations," the spokesperson said. Participants also discussed about the types of disasters that occur throughout India. The Air Force representatives elaborated about the type of helicopters which are used for such operation, their load capacity and the nature of co-ordination and co-operation which is expected from civil authorities for timely action during natural calamities.
Standard Operating Procedure for requisitioning of air support during disaster was also discussed and reviewed during the drill. A static display of air assets and dummy winching operation by Mi-17V5 and Chetak helicopters was also shown to the participants.
Air ambulance was also included as part of static display in the exercise which was witnessed by Air Commodore P R Navalkar, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jamnagar, representatives from Headquarters South Western Air Command, National Disaster Response Force Ahemdabad and state administration.
(Posted on 28-05-2014)