IAF warriors are continuously sensitized to meet any challenge: Air Commodore Shashi Kant

Jammu, Jul 17: Air Officer Commanding Air Commodore of Air Force Station Jammu Shashi Kant on Tuesday said all Air Force warriors are continuously sensitized to meet any disaster challenge in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Any organisation is for the defence of the country and even IAF as far as the aerial defence is concerned. We also realise that our equipment and the machinery must be of great use in meeting challenges whenever disaster takes place,” Air Commodore Shashi Kant here said at the sidelines of a conclave organised on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief at the Jammu based Air Force Station.
He said that Air Warriors are always prepared and ready whenever any disaster takes place and whenever the civil administration seeks some help from the IAF in such disasters or natural calamity.
“All Air Force warriors are continuously sensitised to meet any challenge in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as and when required for disaster relief,” he asserted.
The AOC appreciated efforts of all the involved agencies and hoped for improving the synergy amongst all the agencies by understanding each other’s constraints and strengths and utilising them towards building up a safer future for the residents of the state.
He also thanked the government of Jammu and Kashmir for extending all help and cooperation to the Air Force.
The Conclave however, was aimed at sysnergising the joint Civil- Military operations towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).
IAF presented conduct of HADR missions using IAF Helicopters in the face of calamities and improving the efficacy of these operations in close co ordination with SDRF during the conclave while Employability of RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircrafts) was also emphasised for HADR situation.
A number of scintillating displays including flying simulated operations by Helicopter, use of various rescue equipment form the Helicopter by slithering and winching, was conducted. SDRF showcased its ability to conduct rescue operations from tall building using the Flying Fox Cradle and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Fire Fighting ability of J&K Fire Department was demonstrated and a static display of all modern relief and rescue equipment including earthquake relief, and Helicopter in ambulance version, was showcased with an aim to conduct improved and coherent operations in future.
The conference also discussed on various lessons learnt from HADR and Casualty Evacuation Mission conducted in the recent past, including most recent mission at Amarnath.
The aim was to draw out lessons for all the involved agencies towards reducing the time delay between demand and rescue, as the initial few hours are always the most crucial factor in such missions. (UNI)