The RTDCS is an organization that functions with the support of volunteers (called RESCUE RANGERS) and mobilizes people to provide help to those who are struck by calamity or disaster. This is achieved by motivating people to help themselves and others who have suffered loss during natural or man-caused catastrophe. The basic theme is to involve the entire community in various aspects of emergency and disaster activity viz. prevention, preparation and response & recovery methods in order to safeguard the people when struck by disaster.
RESCUE RANGERS are trained not only to help themselves but also others in their community during disaster. Their deeds win them respect of others in their community and they achieve the great satisfaction of helping people through team work along with their skilled mates. Their duty is not just making themselves available whenever there is a disaster, they regularly attend training sessions, community meetings and also maintain their respective equipments all the time.
RESCUE RANGERS role is mightily important for the safety of people as well their properties during disasters. RESCUE RANGERS are extremely concerned about their communities but do not receive any monetary remuneration for this great and noble work they do. There can be many situations where RESCUE RANGERS make themselves available like a natural disaster or a road accident, assisting to trace a missing person, even helping in situations which do not fall under emergency category like public education or presenting safety awareness programmes.
During certain major disasters like earthquakes, there is no forewarning. It is only to be expected that the immediate needs after such a disaster cannot be fulfilled by usual emergency services.
Volunteers who opt to join as RESCUE RANGERS will receive training from various central government/state government agencies like Local Disaster Management Authority, Fire Services, Police Department, Municipal Council and Emergency & Medical Health Services etc.
Although the people will automatically come forward to offer their contributions but what can the government does to prepare people for such emergencies? The initial task is to train citizens about the situation in the wake of a major disaster, especially regarding immediate requirement. Next, they should be told about their roles in terms of preparedness to moderate the pain and anxiety of the people. Thirdly, they should be trained in the skills of lifesaving while impressing upon them the need of swift decisions, self-safety and also remembering the adage of ‘greatest good of the greatest number of people’. Lastly, they should learn to prepare teams which can be used as extension of initial response services which provide aid to the sufferers before the professional services reach them.
RESCUE RANGERS also must ensure their own safety at all times which can be achieved simply by knowing their abilities as well as limitations. This includes the limitations of their equipment and the kind of training they have received.
The RESCUE RANGERS are likely to get involved in various disaster and emergency situations including:
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