UOL Search and Rescue Club participates in 9th National Challenge

Partakes in six challenges, scoops gold trophy in swimming

Hadia Mobashir

From October 8 to 10, 2020, Punjab Emergency Service (PES) organized the 9th National Rescue Challenge at PES Academy Rescue 1122. This competition is held every year in Emergency Academy where teams from different cities and institutions participate in order to show their capabilities in rescuing people caught up in emergency situations like accidents, fire blast, earthquake, etc.

The team of UOL Search and Rescue Club competed with 15 teams from different cities which included KPK (Peshawar), Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Bahawalpur, Waziristan, Faisalabad, Vehari, Kasur, Mianwali, Gilgit Baltistan, Rescue Warden (Sialkot), Muzaffargarh, Sahiwal, Medical Emergency Response Center Quetta (MERC) and participated in Trauma, Fire Fit (LFR), Swimming, Water Rescue (scuba), Deep Well Rescue and Height Rescue challenges.

The UOL team had 12 students including Hafiz Mansoor ul Hassan (MPhil in Physics), Hadia Mobashir (Doctor of Diet and Nutritional Sciences), Zainab Batool (DDNS), Bilal ur Rehman (Pharmacy), Wasif ur Rehman (Pharmacy), Noman Rashied (Pharmacy), Ali Raza (Pharmacy), Abdul Rahman (DPT), Ali Abid (Aviation), Noman Shahbeer (SE), Salman Saoud (Physics), Saqib Muhammad Ali (Pharmacy), and Umar Aziz (Pharmacy) participated in the event.

Every year the UOL team takes part in this national competition and always mark a distinction there. The team participated in Fire fit (LFR), Trauma, Swimming, Height Rescue, and Water Rescue challenges.  

The team from KPK stood 1st and Rawalpindi, Gujrat jointly secured second position while UOL Search and Rescue Club bagged gold trophy in swimming challenge and emerged 5th overall. 

The Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Rizwan Naseer (Founder and Director General of Punjab Emergency Services) addressed the participants after the Parade. He stated, “We have started our emergency services in 2005 from one city and now it is spread all across the Pakistan except Sindh but that is also expected in coming year”. “We have rescued more than 70 lakh people from emergency situations and have also introduced motorbikes for the cause”, he added. 

Federal Minister for Interior, Ijaz Ahmed Shah was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony.  Brig. (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah (MNA District Nankana Sahib) was also present at the closure. 

The Minister appreciated and encouraged the efforts of the participants. He also congratulated and presented trophies to the winners for their outstanding performance in the various rescue challenges. He recommended that emergency services like Rescue 1122 should also be established in Sindh and Azad Jammu and Kashmir for the provision of quality emergency services to the people of these areas.

The UOL Search and Rescue Club engages its members in rescue training, repelling, swimming, adventure games, climbing, tracking, etc. The club has been participating in the World Rescue Games held in Northern Cyprus Turkey for the last two consecutive years and registered excellent performance with trophies. At the national level, it has always been among the top five best teams in the National Rescue Competitions.

Mr. Nasir Mahmood (Patron Search and Rescue Club also CEO Engineering Projects, UOL) shared his views about the competition and said that he is proud of the Club’s good record of performance that has been maintained over years. He said, “The aim of the plant we have sown was not only to get positions but to prepare our students for any emergency situation at any time and Alhamdulillah we’ve succeeded pretty much”. 

“We train our students so that they can be helpful to their families, neighbors, workmates etc. in times of emergency situations. The skills are also useful in self defence or rescue”, he further added.

Hafiz Mansoor-ul-Hassan (President, Search and Rescue Club) lauded the performance of the UOL team. He said, “The aim of this Club is to ensure that that every student of the UOL gets trained in the rescue skills from us. Our trainings are not only targeting competitions but also to deal with emergency situations in real life”.

The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) is the leading emergency humanitarian service of Pakistan with infrastructure in all 36 districts of Punjab and is providing technical assistance to other provinces. This Academy is now imparting training not only to the emergency officials of Punjab but also to other provinces of Pakistan in the fields of emergency medical training, firefighting, fire prevention & investigation, urban search & rescue, high angle rescue, confined space rescue, water rescue and other emergency management skills.


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