ACS presides over online IRS training on Chemical Disasters

Shimla, October 12, 2020: Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) R.D. Dhiman here today presided over the meeting for online Incident Response System (IRS) Training and Table Top Exercise on Chemical (Industrial) Disasters, involving all the 12 districts to discuss the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders including districts, departments, Armed forces, Paramilitary forces etc.
ACS Revenue said that the aim of the training is to sensitize the Officers and Officials about the role of IRS and responsibilities of the Incident Response Team during disaster. He said that the main objective of the training is to establish well coordinating response system at State and District level to deal with emergency situations.
R.D. Dhiman said that the Incident Response System (IRS) is an effective mechanism for reducing the scope for ad-hoc measures in response. It incorporates all the tasks that may be performed during Disaster Management irrespective of their level of complexity. Organization functions through Incident Response Teams (IRTs) in the field, in line with their administrative structure and DM Act 2005.
He said that the IRTs are pre-designated at all levels; State, District, Sub-Division and Tehsil/Block. On receipt of early warning, the Responsible Officer (RO) will activate them. In case a disaster occurs without any warning, the local IRT will respond and contact RO for further support, if required and set coordination between the District, State and National level in activating effective response.
ACS Revenue directed the authority to conduct mock drills.

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