Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said Bangladesh has now become a role model in disaster management as the Awami League government has taken various time-befitting steps to raise awareness and impart training on volunteers.
"The government has started recruiting 62,000 volunteers for disaster management under urban community volunteer development programme. Already 32,000 volunteers have been recruited," he told a prize distribution ceremony of a training programme and inter-departmental competition at Fire Service and Civil Defence Training Centre in the city's Mirpur.
Directorate of Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan chaired the function while local lawmaker Meraj Mollah, Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Secretary Shah Kamal and 'Save The Children', Bangladesh Country Director Mark Pears joined the function as special guests.
The minister said Bangladesh fire fighters are becoming skilled as the government has been imparting proper training to them.
To raise awareness on disaster management, the government has included disaster related topics in textbooks, he added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)