The main functions of Rescue teams include urban search & rescue in collapsed structures,
rescue from depth & confined spaces or height and water rescue. These Rescue teams
have also been providing Animal Rescue as no other specialized animal rescue teams
are available in the Districts. In short the Rescue team in order to facilitate
the public responds to all rescue calls apart from medical emergencies or fire incidents.
The Rescue teams have been provided with Rescue vehicles equipped with essential
rescue equipment in all Districts for quick response.
The need for the establishment of Rescue/ Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT)
was felt after looking at the helplessness of the citizens during the October 2005
Earthquake in Pakistan and the limited capacity to manage disasters/ collapsed search
& rescue operations. Initially a Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT) was established
in Lahore. Subsequently keeping in view the specialized rescue operations and enhanced
scope of Rescue 1122 operations, small DERT Rescue Teams were also established in
all Districts of Punjab.