ACT, 2012

An Act for the establishment of the Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Service to deal with emergencies

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-I, 6th June, 2012]

Preamble.—WHEREAS it is expedient to establish an Emergency Service for the purpose of maintaining a state of preparedness to deal with emergencies, to provide timely response, rescue and emergency medical treatment to the persons affected by emergencies and recommending measures to be taken by related organizations to avoid emergencies;


It is, hereby enacted as follow:–

1.       Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) This Act shall be called the Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Service Act, 2012 (Act No. II of 2012)

(2)     It extends to the whole of the Gilgit-Baltistan.

(3)     It shall come into force at once.

2.       Definitions.—In this Act unless there is anything repugnant to the subject or context—

(a)     "Board" means the District Emergency Board constituted under Section 8;

(b)     "Council" means the Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Council established under Section 6;

(c)     "Director" mean the person appointed under Section 10;

(d)     "Director General" means the person appointed under Section 9;

(e)     "District" means a District as notified by the Government;

(f)      "District Emergency Officer" means the Emergency Officer-in-charge of the service in a District;

(g)     "Emergency" means a serious and potentially dangerous situation requiring immediate action such as an accident, hazardous material incident, fire, explosion, natural or man made disaster;

(h)     "Emergency area" means the area affected by an emergency;

(i)      "Emergency Officer" means an officer appointed under Section 12;

(j)      "Government" means the Government of the Gilgit-Baltistan;

(k)     "Non-Governmental Organization" includes any private agency of body working voluntarily for the welfare of the persons affected by an emergency;

(l)      "Premises" includes land, place, building, vehicle, vessel or aircraft or any part of premises;

(m)    "Rescuer" means a member of the service appointed under Section 13;

(n)     "Rescue Station" means a place where an office of the service is established;

(o)     "Service" means the Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Service or the rescue established under Section 4; and

(p)     "Volunteer" means a person who is registered as such by the service or engaged by a rescuer in emergency area to assist the service in the exercise of its functions under this Act.

3.       Act not in derogation of other laws.—This Act is not in derogation of any other law applicable in the Province and does not absolve any other person from his responsibility to take necessary measures to protect and save the lives and properties of a person in an emergency.

4.       Establishment of the Service.—(1) The powers and functions of the service shall be to—

a.       Maintain a state of preparedness to deal with emergencies;

b.       Provide timely response, rescue and emergency medical treatment to the victims of an emergency including medical and surgical emergencies;

c.       Establish a system for rapid communication, exchange of information and quick response to combat or deal with an emergency;

d.       Arrange for a universal toll free emergency dial-in-number as authority to be used throughout Gilgit-Baltistan;

e.       Play a lead role and co-ordinate the working of other organizations or agencies which have lawful authority to respond to an emergency;

f.       Arrange transport where necessary for carrying persons requiring emergency medical treatment from the emergency area to the nearest hospital or health care unit having arrangements for emergency medical care and treatment;

g.       Establish community emergency response teams through enlistment, training, co-ordination and supervision of volunteers to assist the service in safety promotion and management of emergencies;

h.       Impart training and grant certificates to rescuers, volunteers and other private persons for due performance of emergency management duties;

i.        Establish direct contact with local and international organizations and training institutions to maintain the service according to international standards;

j.        Collect, compile, maintain and analyze emergency response data and statistics relating to emergencies and to use it for research and prevention of such emergencies;

k.       Implement the regulations framed by the Council for dealing with emergencies in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

l.        Suggest measures for the prevention or mitigation of hazards endangering public safety on roads, public parks and other public places particularly exhibitions, trade shows, amusement parks, and fairs with regard to public safety provisions;

m.      Encourage, facilitate, and train staff of non-Governmental organizations and educational institutions for emergency management;

n.       Register and ensure minimum standards and code of conduct to be followed by rescue vehicles, ambulances and patient transportation services;

o.       Co-ordinate and maintain an effective liaison with all other organizations managing emergencies;

p.       Perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the council to achieve the purposes of this Act; and

q.       Perform functions that are ancillary or incidental to any of the above functions.

(2)     The service shall have the authority to accept donations in the shape of cash, land, vehicles, equipment and other such items which may facilitate the functioning of the service and all such donations shall be used, maintained and disposed of by the service in the manner prescribed in the rules or regulations.

(3)     The service may, with the approval of the council, establish such local or district offices as may be considered necessary for effective and efficient working of the service.

6.  Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Council.—(1) There shall be constituted a Council to be known as the Gilgit-Baltistan Emergency Council comprising of the following:–

(a)     Chief Minister of the Gilgit-Baltistan;           Chairman

(b)     Four Members of the Provincial 

Assembly which shall include one 

female and one opposition member 

to be nominated by the Speaker;                  Member

(c)     Chief Secretary, Gilgit-Baltistan;                  Member

(d)     Secretary, Health Department;                      Member

(e)     Secretary, Home Department;                      Member

(f)      Secretary, Local Government;                      Member

(g)     Secretary, Transport Department;                 Member

(h)     Inspector General of Police;                         Member

(i)      Provincial Environmental Protection 

Agency;                                                        Member

(j)      Director General Gilgit-Baltistan 

Disaster Management Authority;                  Member

(k)     Director General of the Service; and            Member

(l)      Two representatives, one each 

from the Government hospitals and 

non-Governmental Organizations, to 

be nominated by the Government, for 

a period of three years.                                Member

(2)     The quorum for the meetings of the Council shall be seven.

(3)     The Director General shall be the ex-officio secretary of the Council.

(4)     The Council shall meet at least once in three months.

(5)     The Council may co-opt or invite any person depending on the requirement of its meeting.

7.  Functions of the Council.—(1) The functions of the Council shall be to—

a.       Lay down the policy and issue directions for efficient, effective and expeditious actions in dealing with emergencies;

b.       Oversee the working of the Service and the training institutions established or controlled by the Service;

c.       Issue regulations to prescribe the minimum standards for the officers and staff to maintain efficiency and effectiveness of the Service;

d.       Review and analyze statistics relating to all emergency incidents, accidents and disasters and the actions which have been taken by the Service;

e.       Approve the annual budget of the Service;

f.       Make recommendations to the Government for the prevention and mitigation of hazards endangering public safety; and

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