Trained, resilient urban community volunteers as first responders
in a disaster prone capital ADPC: Trained, resilient urban community volunteers as first responders <br>in a disaster prone capital

Published on: 06/07/2021

Language: English

Author(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Department: Disaster Risk Management System

Type: Brochures, Factsheets and Posters

File size: 0.93 MB


Publication Overview/Description

In 2019, Dhaka City experienced several fire incidents that killed more than 100 people. The alarming rise of such incidents in a densely populated city requires urgent attention.

One such incident occurred on the night of February 20, 2019, when a massive fire ravaged through several multi-storied buildings on Kumar Lane in Chawk Bazar’s Churihatta area of Old Dhaka.

ADPC interviewed its training beneficiaries to learn how they helped respond to this fire incident and evaluate how the training assisted them.

The Strengthening Earthquake Resilience in Bangladesh (SERB) is a program funded by USAID Bangladesh Mission implemented by ADPC since 2013.

Around 1,640 Urban Community Volunteers have been trained in 11 Districts to date. The SERB Program continues to support the Fire Service & Civil Defence (FSCD) and contributes to the development of 62,000 community urban volunteers nationwide as mandated by the Government of Bangladesh.