Civil Defence Department short of staff, equipment


Due to lack of government interest and shortage of funds, the Civil Defence Department (CDD) of the region was in a pathetic condition as it was short of staff and lacked equipment which made it unable to cope with emergency situations.

Many posts in several tehsils, including civil defence officer in CDD Rawalpindi, had been lying vacant for several years. Moreover, except one tehsil, all the other tehsils of the region did not even have their own offices.

Moreover, the seats of district officer (BPS-17), including bomb disposal commander and instructor, were lying vacant in Rawalpindi for quite some time, and the situation was same in the other tehsils of the region.

In CDD, the staff from grade 1 to 10 was appointed by the district officer, grade 11 to 15 was inducted by the director general and grade 15 to 17 and above officers were appointed by the home secretary.

“The department faced immense problems during emergency situations as it had no communication system,” a source said.

The civil defence has the duty to protect civilian population areas, airports, railway stations and other public places during emergency situations but the current situation of the department is such that it requires help for itself.

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