In order to ensure sustainable human resource development in this long neglected
field of emergency management, Emergency Services Academy has been established in
accordance with section 14 of the Punjab Emergency Service Act 2006. This Academy
was started with extremely limited resources in 2006 at a deserted bus depot in
Ichra, Lahore till the construction of its purpose built campus with simulators
for training in life saving skills in the centre of the country at Thokar Niaz Baig,
Lahore where the Highway coming from south of Pakistan meets the Motorway going
towards north of Pakistan.
This Emergency Services Academy is not only training staff for all Districts of
Punjab but has become a national centre for training and has also training to Emergency
staff from other provinces including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, AJK,
Sindh and Balochistan.
The Instructors for this Academy were trained through the Enhancement of Emergency
Response (PEER) program of USAID to conduct Medical First Responder (MFR), Collapsed
Structure Search & Rescue (CSSR) courses, Training for Instructors (TFI) and Community
Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) courses. The training of Instructors for Fire
training was achieved as a result of the MoU between the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue
Service of Scotland, United Kingdom and the Punjab Emergency Service.
At present, the Academy is mainly conducting a six months Basic Rescue Course which
includes emergency Medical, Rescue, Fire and physical fitness training. The Academy
also conducts specialized courses like Medical First Responder, Collapsed Structure
Search & Rescue, Training for Instructors, several short courses and refresher courses
for the career development of Rescuers.