Mumbai:- CR conducts joint mock drill with NDRF. Mumbai Division of Central Railway every year conducts a joint drill with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to check the alertness and response time of various stakeholders in the event of a major accident.
In this regard today i.e. on 08.10.2021 a drill was conducted at Kalyan yard. An artificial accident scenario of passengers trapped inside a burning coach was created. The drill started at 10.43 hrs and the coach was set on fire, immediately message was given by field staff to the control room of Mumbai Division at 10.44 hrs., the control room swung into action immediately and the message was given to NDRF, Ambulance, fire brigade and accident relief train of the railway. The NDRF arrived at 10.45 hrs on site and started the rescue operation. The coach was cut from the top and from windows and then NDRF personal entered into the coach to evacuate passengers. Railway staff used the fire extinguishers to douse the fire. The Railway ambulance arrived at the spot at 10.58 hrs and the fire brigade arrived at 11.05 hrs. The Railway Protection Force also participated in the drill and assisted NDRF in the evacuation of passengers. The fire brigade personnel entered the coach and completely doused the fire.
All the passengers were evacuated at 11.30 hrs and first aid was given to the injured and their health parameters were also checked by railway doctors who rushed to the site. All the stakeholders were found to be responsive and fast. The whole situation was controlled within an hour. These drills make the joint operation of railways with various disaster response agencies smoother and help substantially in real life situations.
Mumbai Division aims for zero accidents. However, in the event of any such untoward incident, these drills will continue to be conducted jointly by railway for preparedness and quick response. This drill was coordinated by the Safety department of the Mumbai Division. Shri Shashank Mehrotra, Chief Medical Superintendent, Kalyan Railway Hospital, Shri Robin Kalia, Senior Divisional Safety Officer, Dr. A. K. Singh, Senior Public Relations Officer, and other railway officials were present on the occasion.