Pune: As many as 500 members of the Pune bikers’ group would be undergoing a week-long disaster management training programme from next month. The decision was taken in a meeting held at the Pune district disaster management unit (PDDMU), district council hall on Tuesday.
The idea of a disaster management training programme was initiated under the Pune regional transport office’s (RTO) street sense programme. The training will be held at the national disaster response force (NDRF), Talegaon. Pune district’s disaster management officer, Vitthal Banote said, “We are forming a disaster management group, which will comprise people from various fields and members of the bikers’ group would also be a part of it. Our main objective is to be the first to reach a spot and rescue people during any kind of disaster.”
Banote added, “The training will primarily focus on things like giving first aid treatment during any kind of disaster and how to help accident victims. It also involves helping victims in case of a snake bite.”
Sangram Devkar, a member of Pune bikers’ group, said, “The bikers will be trained in two separate batches. They will be trained about safety measures and rescue operations during any kind of disaster.”
Devkar added, “During such crisis, it becomes difficult to save people where many kinds of vehicles cannot reach the spot. However, we can rush to these spots on our bikes to help people.”
The Pune (RTO) has also come forward to guide and help the bikers’ group in this initiative. RTO officer Arun Valiv said, “We want to lead by example for the nation and spread the message of social responsibility amidst citizens. Training the bikers will be a boon as they will be able to help and rescue victims when other vehicles find it difficult to reach a spot.”