The BMC’s disaster management cell conducted day-long session at worli. The cell in the first kind of initiative gave comprehensive training programme to Ganesh mandal volunteers. The cell taught them how to directly and indirectly to handle multiple emergencies such as from flash floods to bomb blasts.
This training programme was held under the personal request by the parent body of Ganesh mandals, Bruhanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti placed before the BMC’s disaster management cell a few weeks before. The requesting organizing has asked the cell to train its youths in unforeseen and critical situation during the Ganesh festival.
Nearly 300 ‘ganasevaks’ who were in their early 20s participated in this training programme with full cooperation and coordination. After the day- long programme, they were given certificate by the BMC’s disaster management cell.
While speaking to the media, the president of the Samiti, Naresh Dahibawkar said, “This is a pathbreaking initiative because the skills that the boys acquired will stand them in good stead not just during Ganeshotsav but throughout the year. After an hour-long lecture in the morning, they received practical lessons in how to extinguish fires, detect short circuits, rescue people during flash floods and waterlogging, and provide first aid.”
The police personals gave example of first aid importance by citing the 26/11 incident. An official speaking on this issue said, “It took a while before bystanders and the police transported them to hospital. Had they been stabilized on the spot there is a chance more people would have survived.”