Jagdeep Singh Deep
It’s around two years that the police personnel have been getting training to save accident victims at a private hospital here but the lack of basic life-saving equipment is proving a great hindrance in saving precious lives during emergencies.
Though it is not mandatory to carry the basic life support (BLS) system in Police Control Room vehicles, experts say that if cops are being trained to save lives then the police should take this initiative of carrying basic equipment in the PCR vehicles.
A cop who got training at a private hospital in Phase VIII in Mohali said that they had been attending the training classes to save the accident victims for the past one year but their training had no meaning as they did not have the basic equipment like cervical collars in their vehicles.
“We are told if a person suffers injuries then the first thing is to save him from being paralysed by using a cervical collar. We do not have it in PCR vehicles,” said the cop, requesting anonymity. “If we cannot help a victim, then what is the need for the training?”
A doctor who trains police personnel in providing first aid to victims said the cops listened to them but in the absence of the basic equipment like collars and ankle guards, the training was useless. “If somebody gets injured in an accident, the first thing we tell the cops is to protect the neck of the victim as it is very sensitive,” said the doctor.
Harpreet Singh, who runs NGO Avoid Accident, said that it was not mandatory for a PCR vehicle to carry all the equipment but “we can tell the police to keep this equipment so that they can save precious lives”.
Mohali SP (Traffic) S S Bains was not available for comment.