Bhubaneswar: With an aim to save precious human lives during a road mishap in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the First Responder’s Training Programme – ‘Rakshak’ today.
As part of the first of its kind state-level programme, as many as 30,000 volunteers staying or working at the eateries and different business establishments located near accident prone spots will be trained as First Responders. These trained people will reach out the victims of road accidents and provide the first aid to them.
“Road accidents are a serious cause of concern for all of us. This has serious impact on families and our economy. In a road accident situation the first hour after the incident is the most critical for saving lives,” Patnaik said.
He further said, “All of us are good Samaritans. Nothing is more pious than saving human lives. There is also a reward of Rs 2,000 for the people who help road accident victims.”
The ‘Rakshak initiative was organised by the Commerce & Transport Department in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State branch.
The training programme will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, 300 Master Trainers will be trained in Training of Trainers (TOTs) by experts from the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC). Master Trainers include volunteers from Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch and NGOs across the state.
The Training of Trainers will be conducted in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Balasore, Koraput, Phulbani, Sundergarh, Keonjhar and Bhawanipatna.
In second phase, the 300 Master Trainers will visit accident prone areas in the 30 districts and train locals to render help to the victims of road accidents.
The 30,000 First Responders will be equipped to administer first aid and pre-hospital trauma care to accident victims within the golden hour. They will also educate and inform people about road safety measures and the Good Samaritan law.
Among others, Commerce & Transport Minister, Padmanabha Behera; Principal Secretary, Madhu Sudan Padhi and other senior officials were present during the occasion.