Thursday, 22 August 2013

Training imparted to the CD Volunteers

Training imparted to the CD Volunteers at District Level:
Sl. No. At Districts and Kolkata Sub-Areas Duration (Days)
1 Civil Defence Foundation Course (Local Level) 5
2 Basic Wardens’ Course (Local Level) 5
3 Awareness Camp on Disaster management and Civil Defence in Colleges, Schools, Community Centers etc. 1

Training Imparted at State Level (At CCDTI):

Sl. No. Name of the Course Duration (Days) Training Imparted in Last Two Years
1 Conduct of Training Course 5 104
2 Basic Life Support Course 6 194
3 COPS Training                          6 655
4 Spl. Training Course for
        Modern Rescue Equipment 6 158
5 Spl. Rescue Training Course for
         WBCEF Personnel                  13 42
6 Volunteers Fire Fighter Course   6 284
7 Advance Warden Service Course 6  26
8 Advance Vertical Rescue Course  5 234
9 Disaster Response and 
        Preparedness Course              5   144
10 Emergency Communication Course 6    21
11 Spl. Disaster Management and 
        Flood Rescue Course                5 101
12 Bomb Safety Course                  6 49
13 Collapse Structure Search and
         Rescue Course                          6 85
14 Flood Rescue Operation Course 6 160
15 Chemical, Biological, Radiological 
        Nuclear – First Responder Course 6 39
16 Incident Command Course       3 28
17 CD Advanced Casualty
         Service Course                        15 18
18 One Day Workshop on CD Planning for Industrial Disaster preparedness (Industrial Executive and Govt. Officer dealing with Industries)  01 50
19 One Day Workshop on CD Orientation Programme (Only for officer, Chief warden, Divisional Warden and Dy Divisional Warden)     01 45
Total 2437

Civil Defence Services:
  Headquarters service
  Communication Service 
  Warden Service
  Casualty Service
  Fire-Fighting Service
  Training Service
  Rescue Service
  Depot & Transport Service
  Supply Service
  Salvage Service
  Welfare Service
  Corpse Disposal Service 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Civil Defence set-up in West Bengal

Left:  Hon'ble MIC of West Bengal CD -  Janab Javed Ahmed Khan
Right:  ADG & Director of West Bengal, CD, - Shri Gangeshwar Singh, IPS

The Civil Defence Organaisation in the state, operational part, is headed by Director of Civil Defence,  an IPS office in the rank of ADGP with office at 81/2/2 Phears Lane, Kolkata-700012. The Controller Kolkata, initially an IPS office in the rank of DIG has been replaced by an IAS officer with the introduction of Collectorate system for Kolkata. The entire Kolkata Civil Defence is divided into three Sub-Areas i.e. South, North and Central headed by Dy. Controller in the rank of Executive Magistrate. The hierarchical set-up is illustrated here under:-

  Hierarchical set up:

a)       MINISTER IN CHARGE    : Writers’ Buildings, Kolkata-1

b)       SECRETARY     :               - Do –

c)        DIRECTOR    : 81/2/2, Phears Lane, Kolkata-12

d)       CONTROLLER OF CD, KOL      :               - Do –

e)       DC, HQRS.                                 :               - Do-

f)        DC, NORTH SUB AREA,KOL    : 18, J.M. Avenue, Kolkata-6

g)       DC, CENTRAL SUB AREA,KOL:  8, Camac Street, Shantiniketan Bldg(9th Floor), Kol-17

h)       DC, SOUTH SUB AREA, KOL    : Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kol-29

i)         CCDTI, WB                                 : 199, N.S.C. Bose Road, Kol-40

j)         WBCEF, HOWRAH                    : 106, Carrie Road, Amtala, Howrah-3

k)       WWCD                                        : 81/2/2, Phears Lane, Kol-12

l)         CTI, GUTLU                                 : Gutlu, Itahar, Uttar Dinajpur  



Left : Shri R.J.S. Nalwa, IPS, DG & CGP (HG), WB, and Formal Director of CD, WB received DGCD Disk (MHA, GOI) with Certificate from the Hom'ble MIC of CD, WB - Janab Javed Ahamed Khan, next -Lt. Col. and Project Dy. Director, DGCD, MHA, GOI - Shri Sanjay Sehgal and  ADG & Director of Civil Defence, WB - Shri Gangeshwar Singh, IPS.

a. TRAINED MANPOWER :  In an attempt to make the Civil Defence Organisation in the State, hitherto limited to CD Towns only, more broad-based and to take it down to the grass roots  level and, most significantly, to ensure that the community becomes an effective first responder in the event of any natural / manmade calamity / disaster, the following procedures have already been initiated :-

1.       All the D.M. & Controllers of Civil Defence been asked to ensure that

a)      In every Municipal Town in their respective jurisdictions

i)    20 volunteers are enrolled per Ward.

ii)  In addition there would be 2 Sector Wardens and 1 Post Warden per Ward who would report to a Deputy  Divisional Warden in the Ward.

iii)  Deputy Divisional Wardens would report to a Divisional Warden who would head a contiguous area covering 4-5 Wards.

 b) In every Corporation

 i)  50 volunteers are enrolled per Ward.

ii) In addition there would be 2 Sector Wardens and 1 Post Warden per Ward who   would report to a Deputy Divisional Warden in the Ward.

iv)   Deputy Divisional Wardens would report to a Divisional Warden who would head a contiguous area covering 2-3 Wards.

 c)    In rural areas

 i)  Every Panchayat  should have

      1. 12 volunteers
      2. 2 Sector Wardens and 1 Post Warden.

ii)  2-3 GPs would be one under a Deputy Divisional Warden and

iii)  There would be one Divisional Warden in each block who would report to the BDO cum Addl. Deputy Controller of Civil Defence .

iv)   All the Deputy Divisional Wardens would report to the Divisional Warden.

 d.     All the Divisional Wardens in the urban areas and the BDOs cum Addl. Deputy Controllers in the rural areas would report to the SDO cum Deputy Controller of CD. In Kolkata the reporting authority would be the Deputy Controller of Civil Defence of the concerned Sub Area. In rural areas the BDO cum Addl. Deputy Controller of Civil Defence  shall report to the SDO cum Deputy Controller of Civil Defence.

2. The Deputy Controllers would, in turn, report to the District Magistrate cum Controller of Civil Defence for his District or the Controller cum Controller of Civil Defence for Kolkata.
The financial implications of the Basic Training for enrolled volunteers all over the State come to Rs. 1,80,47,680.00 and the details are given in Annexure-I. With the CD department providing Rs. 37.60 Lakhs, the remaining funds amounting to Rs. 1,42,87,680/- may be funded by the Department of Disaster Management . The deliverables would be around  1.289 lakh trained volunteers spread all over the State.


         It has been noticed that lot of time passes before rescue and search teams can reach the spot.  This happens primarily on account of the fact that there are no dedicated personnel who could be pressed into service at short notice aswell as lack of appropriate equipment. While some head way appears to have been made in terms of equipment availability, it is necessary to have

1.       A dedicated team of personnel for deployment.
2.       These should be barrack based to enable ready deployment at short notice.
3.       Adequate quantum of suitable equipment of appropriate quality.

           In this connection it may be pointed out that 4 Heavy Civil Defence Rescue Vehicles and 3 Trauma Ambulance  have been acquired by the Civil Defence Directorate and these have been located for the Multi Disciplinary Regional Centres as follows :-

1.       2 CDRVs & 1 Ambulance are stationed in Kolkata.
2.       1 CDRV & 1 Ambulance are stationed at Asansol and
3.       1 CDRV & 1 Ambulance are stationed at Siliguri

           It would not be out of place to mention that in these CDRVs, provision has been made for carrying all the necessary Rescue & Personnel Protective Equipments including a Genset in addition to 30 officers andmen as a part of Quick Reaction Teams(QRTs). All the above mentioned equipment is permanently loaded in the vehicle in the specially designed compartments. As  a result the CDRV can move out for rescue work at very short notice. This very effective intervention at the primary level itself can take care of most eventualities that a district administration may have to face.
The Controllers of Civil Defence shall appoint one of the Senior S.O.I. s as the Officer –in-Charge of the QRTs, and the equipment thereof. This officer shall be responsible for the QRTs being in perfect condition and for their effective deployment. He shall, in turn report to the District Officer in charge of Disaster Management, who would normally be the District Magistrate himself.
Furthermore, the Govt. of India has recently released Rs. 110.00 lakhs for transport support for the 10(ten) Multi Hazard Districts of West Bengal @ Rs. 11 lakhs per District. It has Been proposed to take up

1.       9 Mini CDRVs, each on a TATA SFC 407 chassis.
2.       8 TATA Spacios(Jeeps) and
3.       7 Motor Cycles

         For the Multi Hazard Districts. An additional cost of approx. Rs. 3 lakhs would have to incur on each TATA 407 chassis for fabrication of body to convert it into a Mini CDRV. The CD Department shall take up the fabrication for the Mini CDRVs. The Disaster Management Department may be moved for equipping the Mini CDRVs appropriately. The cost of equipping 1 Mini CDRV shall be Rs. 4,16,590/-. Details are in Annexure-VII.

                In view of the requirement of quick deployment of well trained , suitably equipped search and rescue teams,  it is proposed that there should be provisions for suitably manned QRTs as follows:-
1.       As a unit of 40 personnel along with one fully equipped CDRV and 1 Mini CDRV , along with  a Jeep and 1 Motor Cycle should be made available in each District HQrs. excluding Kolkata and the Hills of Darjeeling to enable the District Magistrate & Controller of Civil Defence to effectively tackle any calamity/disaster that may strike his District. Another unit of 20 personnel  would be deployed in one of the outlying and vulnerable subdivision along with a Mini CDRV and a Motor Cycle to enable further decentralisation  of effective intervention. This shall be taken up in the 2nd phase and as part of the roll out.

2.       As a CDRV shall be difficult to operate in the Hills, deployment of CDRV may not be possible in Darjeeling, which shall be located in Siliguri. In cases of extreme emergencies, Darjeeling Hills may be catered to by this CDRV. However, to ensure appropriate coverage for the 3 hill subdivisions of Darjeeling hills, it is proposed to have 4 Mini CDRVs, with 2 stationed in Darjeeling and the other 2 at Kalimpong and Kurseong, with higher level of support equipment and 1 Mini CDRV  at Siliguri. Each Mini CDRV shall be supported by 20 personnel. There shall also be a Jeep each for Darjeeling as well as Siliguri, and a Motor Cycle for each of the 4 sub -divisions.

3.       To enable the Collector for Kolkata & Controller of Civil Defence to effectively tackle any calamity/disaster that may strike his District, a unit of 40 personnel  along with 1 CDRV shall be available for deployment with his office and 20 personnel along with one fully equipped Mini CDRV along with a Jeep and 1 Motor Cycle should be made available in each Sub Area.

4.       There would be reserves along with the 2 available CDRVs at Kolkata along with 1 Trauma Ambulance along with suitably trained staff under the control of the Director, Civil Defence for centralised deployment in case of emergencies. Similarly reserves in man and equipment  in the form of 1 CDRV and 1 Trauma Ambulance would be available for deployment in the North Bengal and Paschimanchal area at Siliguri and Asansol  respectively under the control of the Director, Civil Defence.


  In the context of the requirements and costs as indicated above, there would be a need to have
1.       19 more fully equipped CDRVs, one for each district, including Kolkata;
2.       34 equipped Mini CDRVs as follows;
a.       2 in each of the 17 districts, other than Darjeeling and Kolkata;
b.      2 for the HQ sub division of Darjeeling;
c.       1 each for the other 3 sub divisions of Darjeeling;
d.      1 for each of the 4 sub areas of Kolkata;
e.      Since 9 are already being procured under the central scheme, the requirement is(2x17+2+3+4)-9=34;

3.       15 Jeeps as follows:
a.       1 in each of the 18 districts, other than Kolkata;
b.      1 additional for the Siliguri Subdivision;
c.       1 for each of the 4 sub areas of Kolkata;
d.      Since 8 are already being procured under the central scheme, the requirement is(18+1(Siliguri)+4(for Kolkata)-8=15).

4.       31 Motor Cycles as follows :
a.       2 in each of the 17 districts, other than Darjeeling and Kolkata;
b.      1 each for the 4 sub divisions of Darjeeling;
c.       Since 7 are already being procured under the central scheme, the requirement is (2x17)+4-7)=31.

  5.      TRAINING :   With a view to man CDR Vehicles 44 plus to be stationed as all the heading districts and Kolkata, physically fit and mentally sound CD Volunteers have been selected @ 60(sixty) per district and being trained in batches at WBNVF Training Centre, Kalyani, Nadia started on 25.05.13 and will be completed   on 3rd August, 2013. The training was fully residential. Fooding & lodging was provided by us. The entire course of training was borne by the Disaster Management Deptt. The Hon’ble MIC, Deptt. of Civil Defence, Principal  Secretary , ADG, CD Officers, NDRF attended the inaugural session of each batch of the training. The CD Volunteers were imparted  training on use of recently procured Modern Search & Rescue  Equipments.

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Water Wing Civil Defence (WWCD)

       In the year 1978 parts of Bengal  had witnessed devastating flood. The State received 332 speed boats and OBMs from Govt. of India as donated by the European Economic Countries. These boats were utilised for the rescue and relief operation for the flood affected people. With these boats the Civil Defence Organisation , West Bengal  opened new Water Wing Organisation. 

Recruitment started from June, 1980.

2. STRENGTH :Together 539 posts sanctioned comprising of 1  Commandant, 1 Dy. Commandant, 2 Company Commanders,  8 Asstt. Company Commanders, 25 Platoon Commanders and 484 Agrami Operators. In addition there are Technical Supervisor- 1, Foremen-2, Mechanics-12, Accountant-1, LDC-1 and Peon-1.
3.NATURE OF DUTY :The personnel  of Water Wing Civil Defence (WWCD) undertook a number of rescue and relief operation in flood prone districts of West Bengal. In 1981 they undertook the same duties in Orissa. They rescued  the students of Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation  Ltd. from their hostel , near Cuttack, at mid night. This was highly appreciated by the Orissa Govt. During the years 1983-86 the WWCD personnel  performed rescue and relief operation during flood in Assam.Every  year they performed duties in GangasagarMela to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during their holly bath in the Bay of Bengal. The people in general still remember the rescue and salvage work by the personnel of this Organisation when launch ‘Ma Avaya’ capsized  in the year 1994, accident of trawler ‘Ma Sarojini’ in the year 1995.  In addition WWCD take part in Swimming competition  during Gangotsav at Diamond Harbour, Murshidabad utsavat Berhampur, perform duties during immersion of Goddess Durga & Kali at Kolkata, immersion of Goddess Jagadhatri at Chandannagore&Rishra, Rathajatra at Serampur, Mahesh &Guptipara and Rashjatra  atNabadweep. They also perform similar duties in North & South 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts. Apart from water related rescue and salvage duties they performed rescue and relief  duties  at Entallyt&Tangra area in Kolkata during the Riots of 1992, during the Train accident at Lake Gardens Station, the collapse of Kundalia buildings at Collins Lane in 1993, the collapse of Sibalik Apartment in 1995 and during the Bomb explosion at Bowbazar in 1993. In  August, 1995 the WWCD were placed into service with a boat capsized in Damodar at Majila, Purulia with a large number of boarders. Their services were appreciated by the local authorities and the people. The WWCD performed rescue operation from July to October, 1995 in the flood prone area at Labhpur and rescued a large number of flood affected people and shifted them to flood centres by speed boats. They were also engaged to carry and distributed the relief materials to the affected people.They also engaged in Wireless transmission duty of flood warning message through various R.T. stations in Jalpaiguri & Cooch Behar districts under the Irrigation Deptt.  The WWCD personnel imparted training to the members of Meghalaya Police, Excise Deptt. and Rapid Action Force on rescue operation.A mechanised boat with 100 passengers capsized in the river near Kakdweep in October,  1995, the WWCD personnel carried out search and rescue operation and recovered dead bodies near Ghoramarachar of Bay of Bengal putting their lives at great risk. Polling booth duties  are also  performed by the personnel  during the elections.
      The WWCD personnel with boats and OBMs are deployed during monsoon from June to October to defend flood prone districts of West Bengal
      Apart from this the WWCD personnel are kept stand-by at Kolkata to meet water related disaster like situation in Kolkata and its surrounding areas.
      Presently WWCD  is having its HQrs. at 81/2/2, Phears Lane, Kolkata-12, 2) Operational HQrs. at Lake Complex and  3)Workshop at Beliaghata. Obviously this creates  operational  and administrative problem .  Considering this problem we moved Govt. with proposal for construction of WWCD building. The Govt. of West Bengal in Civil Defence Deptt.approved and sanctioned Rs. 4 crores for construction for construction of WWCD building under State Plan. The Construction work is going on at WBNVF training Centre, Kalyani having G+3 . This building will come up by the end of this year. The entire establishment of WWCD will be shifted in one roof and operational and command control problem being faced presently will be addressed.
NEED FOR MODERNISATION:Presently WWCD has the following number of Boats and OBMs :
 As on 16.07.2013
      All the boats and OBMs have been purchased  under State Plan. The Govt. of West Bengal under its State Plan sanctioned Rs. 2.14 crores for purchasing of Fibre Glass Boats with OBMs and Trawlers. The WWCD need modern equipments for under- taking search,  rescue,  evacuation etc. during water related disaster.  The WWCD needs some vehicles including i) Trucks for carrying boats, ii) Buses for movement of WWCD personnel, iii) Ambulances for rescue operation and iv) small vehicle at least 5 nos. for movement of Senior Officers.
       There is need for providing better training to the WWCD personnel. A proposal has been initiated to get of few men of WWCD trained  in Scuba diving by the Sea Explorers’ Institute  and  it is  necessary  such  training course.


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  The Civil Defence set up in the State started functioning just after Indo-China war 1962. Initially all the border areas of the State and Industrial belt of West Bengal declared by the Central Authority as Civil Defence areas. But after the Bangladesh liberation war many of the areas were declared as non-CD areas. According to the latest circular, vide G.O.  I/MHA No. VIII-11011/3/86-DGCD (CD dated 10.07.87 as revised on 29.08.95, the following areas of West Bengal were declared as CD category –I areas:  Greater Calcutta(including 37 Municipalities under CMDA zone located in districts of Howrah, Hooghly & 24-Parganas, Mourigram, Durgapur &Andal, Siliguri, Bagdogra and New Jalpaiguri), Haldia, Hashimara, Kharagpur and Kalaikunda, Burnpur& Asansol, Farakka & KhejuriaGhat. Chittaranjan, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling were declared as category-II areas.

In addition to the above noted areas, C establishment exists in Kurseong, Kalimpong and Jaldhaka(Darjeeling Dist.), Cooch Behar and Mathabhanga(Cooch Behar Dist.), Balurghat, Raiganj, Malda, Berhampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat (Nadia Dist.). Diamond Harbour, Barasat (South 24-Parganas Dist.), Rampurhat(Birbhum Dist.), Santtaldih (Purulia Dist.), Panagarh(Burdwan Dist.), Tarakeswar (Hooghly Dist.) for disaster Management and relief operations.

        During the war against Pakistan in 1965 and Bangladesh liberation war in 1971, the Civil Defence Organisation worked effectively by mobilizing trained volunteers and by boosting the morale of the people. The local CD officers played a vital role in the functioning of refugee camps set up in different parts of West Bengal for the refugees of Bangladesh. Civil Defence services were also effectively engaged in management of flood, water logging, building collapse and railway accident etc.

            Presently all the 18 districts and Kolkata area are under CD areas. Recently the Govt. of West Bengal included Bankura as CD district. We have all the services starting from  Communication Service, Warden Service, Casualty Service, Rescue Service, Welfare Service, Supply Service, Depot & Transport Service & Training Service.

Modern equipment training closing ceremony