SAR personnel from 22 countries join training

Insarag Asia Pasific Earthquake Response Exercise

The Jakarta Post | Fri, 06/01/2012 9:14 AM
PADANG: Padang hosted a search and rescue (SAR) training, attended by 120 SAR personnel from 22 Asia Pacific countries.

The three-day event, which ended on Thursday at Pangeran Beach, was split into INSARAG Asia-Pacific Regional Earthquake Response Exercise 2012” and “INSARAG Guideline Workshop and Methodology”.

The International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is a network of disaster-prone and disaster-responding countries and organizations dedicated to urban search and rescue (USAR) and operational field coordination.

It is part of the United Nations under the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Padang is Indonesia’s second region after Bali to have hosted the program.

National SAR chief Daryatmo pointed out the importance of cooperation in disaster management measures.

“I hope this event can improve SAR services, especially in Indonesia,” he said on Wednesday.

Sunarbowo, SAR officer in charge of operations and training, said that the foreign participants attending the event were mostly those who had joined the search and rescue team after massive earthquake in West Sumatra in 2009. The quake killed 1,195 people.

“They are glad that Padang has recovered from the destruction,” he said.

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