In a bid to bolster emergency service infrastructure in the State, Odisha government along with State police on Monday launched Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) service.
As many as 106 vehicles will be pressed into service at 34 police district headquarters across Odisha in the first phase of the initiative.
The primary aim of this new service is to address distress calls by citizens during emergency in a more coordinated manner. People will be able to avail all the three emergency services like police, fire and ambulance by dialing the unified helpline number 112.
The ERVs will act on the lines of PCR van. To manage tasks efficiently, the new vans have been equipped with modern facilities such as GIS and GPS.
While as many as 14 vehicles have been provided to Cuttack and Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police, three vehicles each have been provided to all other district headquarters.
“Today is an important day for Odisha Police, fire and ambulance services. Like 911 number in America, people of Odisha will get three emergency services like police, fire and ambulance under 'Dial 112' Emergency Response Support System. We have already handed over 106 vehicles for the project. In second phase we are going to launch another 150 vehicles more. All these vehicles will be deployed to provide hassle-free services to the people at the time of crisis,” said Chhabra.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)