EMERGENCY SERVICE ACT 2006
[19 June 2006]
An Act for the
establishment of the
Punjab Emergency Service to
deal with emergencies.
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
Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Emergency Service Act 2006.
(2) It extends to
the whole of the Province of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
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 Punjab Emergency Council established under section 6;
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General” means the person appointed under section 9;
(e) “district” means
a district as defined in the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 (XIII of
emergency officer” means the emergency officer incharge
of the Service in a district;
means a serious and potentially dangerous situation requiring immediate
action such as an accident, hazardous material incident, fire, explosion,
natural or manmade disaster;
(h) “emergency area”
means the area affected by an emergency;
officer” means an officer appointed under section 12;
means the Government of the Punjab;
“non-governmental organization” includes any private agency or body working
voluntarily for the welfare of the persons affected by an emergency;
includes land, place, building, vehicle, vessel or aircraft or any part of
(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 Punjab Emergency Service or the Rescue established under section 4; and
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.
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.
Establishment of the Service.–
(1) There shall be established a Service to be called the Punjab Emergency
Service or the Rescue to perform such functions as are assigned to it under
The Service shall be an independent administrative department of the
5. Powers and
functions 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
may be allocated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to be used
(e) play a lead role
and coordinate the working of other organizations or agencies which have
lawful authority to respond to an emergency;
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;
community emergency response teams through enlistment, training,
coordination 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;
direct contact with local and international organizations and training
institutions to maintain the Service according to international standards;
compile, maintain and analyse 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;
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
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) coordinate and
maintain an effective liaison with all other organizations managing
(p) perform such
other functions as may be assigned to it by the Council to achieve the
purposes of this Act; and
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 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
Punjab Emergency Council.–
(1) There shall be constituted a Council to be known as the Punjab Emergency
Council comprising of the following:
Minister of the Punjab;
Minister for Law, Punjab; (Vice
Members of the Provincial Assembly (Members)
shall include one female and one
opposition member to be nominated
Health Department; (Member)
Home Department; (Member)
Local Government Department; (Member)
Transport Department; (Member)
Police Officer; (Member)
General, Provincial Environmental (Member)
Provincial Commissioner Relief, Punjab;
General of the Service; and (Member)
at least one (Members)
one each from the
Government teaching hospitals and non-
governmental organizations, to be nominated
Government, for a period of three years.
(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.
The Chairman or the Vice Chairman shall convene and preside the meeting.]
7. Functions of the
(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;
recommendations to the Government for the prevention and mitigation of
hazards endangering public safety; and
(g) determine the
number of rescue stations in different areas and the staff and equipment to
be provided to the Service for achieving the objectives of adequate
standards of emergency care.
Council may delegate any of its functions to any body or authority of the
8. District Emergency
(1) The Council may constitute a District Emergency Board for a district for
the prevention and effective management of emergency in the district.
(2) The Board shall
have such powers and shall perform such functions as may be assigned to it
by the Council.
(1) The Government shall appoint a Director General who shall be the chief
executive officer of the Service and shall exercise such powers and perform
such functions as may be specified by the Council.
Director General shall be a person who–
(a) is a
postgraduate in emergency management or an emergency subject or has
specialization in management of trauma or emergency patients or is a medical
adequate knowledge, formal training and expertise in the field of emergency
not more than sixty years of age.
The person who has served as Director General for a period of at least three
years, shall be deemed to be a regular employee of the Service.
Director General shall exercise all powers of an Administrative Secretary to
Director General shall be responsible for the day to day
administration of the affairs of the Service and he may
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Director General shall follow and comply with such directions of the Council
as may be given to him in writing in the public interest.
(7) Subject to
the directions of the Council, the Director General may delegate any of his
powers or functions to a Director or to an officer of the Service.
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conditions of service] of officers, servants, etc.–
(1) The Service may, from time to time, employ such officers or servants or
appoint such experts or consultants, as it may consider necessary for the
performance of its functions.
(2) All members of
the Service shall be liable to be assigned any emergency duty in accordance
with the need of the time.
(3) The number and
nature of the posts in the Service, necessary criteria and the manner of
appointment thereto shall be determined by the Council and the employees
appointed to these posts shall receive such remuneration, allowances and
privileges and shall be subject to such terms and conditions of service as
are laid down by the Council.
(4) In the
performance of their duties and functions, the employees of the Service and
the volunteers shall abide by the directions and instructions of the
The services of all officers and Rescuers shall be regularized by the
competent authority on completion of three years of service subject to good
performance with the conditions that they are not obese and physically fit.
(6) Time scale
up-gradation shall be granted by the competent authority to the regular
employees having stagnant posts, after completing seven years of service in
each grade subject to good performance with the conditions that they are not
obese and physically fit.
(7) The Director
General shall exercise the powers of competent authority for the officers of
BS-17 to 19, Director or Divisional Emergency Officer under their wing or
division for BS-14 to 16 and Deputy Director or District Emergency Officer
for the staff under their wing or district from BS-1 to BS-12.]
(1) There shall be emergency officers appointed by the Service to perform
the field operations of the Service.
(2) No person shall
be appointed as an emergency officer unless he is–
(a) a medical
graduate or post-graduate in a related science subject or has a professional
degree in a related subject; and
and mentally fit to perform field operations.
One of the emergency officers shall be promoted as the Divisional and
District Emergency Officers on the basis of his performance and
(4) The district
emergency officer shall be the head of the Service in the district and shall
be assisted by all emergency officers and rescuers in the district.
The Emergency Officers or Assistant Directors in BS-17 shall be eligible for
promotion by the selection committee notified by the Government to District
Emergency Officers or Deputy Directors in BS-18, Divisional Emergency
Officers or Directors in BS-19 and Director General in BS-20 subject to
availability of seats.
(6) All promotions shall be
subject to completion of seven years of good service in each grade, passing
promotion courses and if they are not obese and physically fit.]
Rescuer.– (1) There shall be rescuers
appointed by the Service to perform the field operations of the Service.
(2) No person shall
be appointed as a rescuer who–
(i) is more
than thirty years of age; and
(ii) has not
cleared the educational and fitness criteria specified by the Service.
(3) A rescuer shall
perform such field duties and functions as are assigned to him by the
A rescuer shall retire on attaining the age of fifty years if he is not
adjusted in the Patient Transfer Service of the Service or any other post in
Service subject to good performance.]
(5) Where a rescuer
is retired under sub-section (4), he shall be entitled to such benefits as
may be prescribed by the Council.
The Rescuers in BS-11 shall be eligible for promotion by the selection
committee notified by the Government to Lead Rescuers or Instructors in
BS-12, Station Coordinators or Lead Instructors in BS-14, Rescue & Safety
Officers, Control Room In-charges or Senior Instructors in BS-16 and
Emergency Officers in BS-17 subject to availability of seats.
(7) All promotions shall be
subject to completion of seven years of good service in each grade, passing
promotion courses if they are not obese and physically fit.]
Emergency Service Academy.–
(1) The Service shall establish an
for the purposes of running short or long courses with local or
international collaboration and award certificates to successful person.
(2) The Academy may
also arrange for the training of the members of the Service, volunteers and
other individuals or workers of organization, public or private, to be
equipped with the knowledge of dealing with all possible situations relating
to prevention and management of emergencies.
Emergency Service Fund.–
(1) The Service shall have a Fund comprising of–
(a) the grant
provided by the Federal and Provincial Governments for the establishment,
maintenance and performance of the Service; and
(b) the donations
or contributions received or generated from private persons or public,
local, foreign or international organizations.
(2) The Fund shall
be maintained in a scheduled bank and shall be operated in accordance with
the rules or directions of the Council.
(3) The Fund shall
be regularly monitored by the Council and audited in the same manner as is
done in the case of the funds of other Government Departments.
(4) The annual audit
report of the Fund shall be made available to the general public and
submitted to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.
(5) No person from
the Service shall organize, conduct or take part in any proceedings for
collecting or soliciting money or property from the public except the person
authorized by the Council and in accordance with such conditions as may be
laid down by the Council.
Act in aid of the Service.–
(1) Every member of the police force in the Punjab
and all members of other organizations shall act in aid of the Service.
(2) The police
acting in aid of the Service shall control and divert the traffic in or
around an emergency area to facilitate and ensure free movement of emergency
rescue vehicles and the persons dealing with an emergency and to prevent
within the emergency area any theft, dacoity or loss of the property of the
persons involved in the emergency.
(3) It shall be
obligatory upon all telecommunication operators, companies, corporations or
other authorities concerned to provide free of cost access to its
subscribers to avail the universal emergency dial-in-number as notified by
the Service, without any prefix or suffix for the whole of the
Powers to manage emergencies.–
(1) An emergency officer or a rescuer, in providing emergency services, may
take any reasonable measures to–
(a) protect persons from any danger or potential danger associated with an
(b) protect persons trapped in a vehicle, receptacle, vessel or otherwise
(c) protect themselves or other persons or vehicles from danger, potential
danger, assault or battery from other person.
Without limiting the measures that may be taken for a purpose specified in
clause (a) or (b) of subsection (1), an emergency officer or a rescuer may,
for that purpose–
(a) enter any premises, vehicle or vessel;
(b) open any receptacle, using such force as is reasonably
(c) bring any apparatus or equipment onto a premises;
(d) remove from or otherwise deal with, any article or material in the area;
(e) remove (wholly or partially) or damage any premises, vehicle, vessel or
(f) cause the gas or electricity supply or motor or any other source of
energy to any premises, vehicle, vessel or receptacle to be shut off or
(g) request any person or organization to take all reasonable measures to
assist the Service; and
(h) administer such life safety procedures as are consistent with the
training and competency of the emergency officer or rescuer.
Without limiting the measures that may be taken for a purpose specified in
clause (c) of subsection (1), a rescuer or an officer authorized by the
Service may, for that purpose, require any person not to enter into or
remain within the emergency area and may use any appropriate public place
for emergency warning and refuge centre or for purposes of community
No person shall refuse to comply with the directions of the rescuer or the
person specified in subsection (2) and if a person or organization does not
comply with such directions, the rescuer or the aforesaid officer may use
such force as is reasonably necessary to ensure compliance.
18. Obstruction or
No person shall wilfully obstruct or hinder the
Director General, Director, emergency officer, the rescuer, or any other
person acting with his authority, in the exercise of a function under this
Immunity against certain liabilities.–
(1) An act or omission committed by an employee of the Service, or a
volunteer, shall not, if committed in good faith for the purpose of
exercising the functions of or assisting the Service, subject such employee
or volunteer personally to any legal action, liability, claim or demand.
(2) All actions,
proceedings and claims against any such employee or a volunteer in relation
to any act done or omitted to be done in good faith, shall be defended and
indemnified by the Service.
(3) Subject to the
rules, any information received by the Service shall be deemed to be the
privileged communication between the informer and the Service:
Provided that the
Director General may, in a special case and by order in writing, waive such
All members of the Service shall contribute to the salary saving life
insurance scheme and compensation in case of injury or death in the line of
duty shall be provided by the Service to such extent as may be prescribed by
All members of the Service shall be deemed to be public servants within the
meaning of section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act No. XLV of
Emergency ambulance and rescue vehicles.–
(1) No person shall use any vehicle as an emergency ambulance or rescue
vehicle unless it satisfies such requirements as are laid down by the
(2) Where a vehicle
does not fulfill the requirements laid down by the Service, but is used as a
patient transport vehicle, it shall not use any siren or a warning light
other than a round yellow warning light.
(3) No person, other
than that belonging to a law enforcing agency, shall use red, blue or orange
light or any siren on his vehicle except where the vehicle satisfies the
requirements prescribed for an emergency ambulance or vehicle.
(4) No person shall–
(a) use the
words “rescue ” or “rescue service” or any other
similar name, title or description without the written authority of the
represent that he is associated with the Service unless such an association
impersonate as an officer of the Service; or
(d) use any
insignia of the Service in any manner contrary to that approved by the
23. Right of way to
emergency rescue vehicles and ambulances.–
(1) A driver of a vehicle or a member of the public or traffic police, to
the extent practicable, shall make all possible efforts to give clear and
uninterrupted passage to–
(a) an emergency
rescue vehicle or an ambulance with activated warning devices, siren or
warning lights and duly registered with the Service; and
(b) an emergency
officer or a rescuer or any person acting under their direction, who appears
to be doing any act for the purposes of this Act.
False or obnoxious calls.–
No person shall make a false or an obnoxious call on the emergency
dial-in-number or in any other manner try to represent that emergency
circumstance exists requiring utilization of any resources of the Service.
Offences and punishments.–
(1) Any person who wilfully or without any
reasonable excuse, disobeys or violates any provision of this Act, shall be
deemed to have committed a bailable offence punishable with simple
imprisonment for six months or with fine not exceeding rupees fifty thousand
or with both.
(2) No prosecution
under this Act shall be lodged without the previous sanction of the Director
General which shall not be given except after serving a notice on the person
concerned and giving him reasonable opportunity of hearing.
(3) No court
inferior to that of a Magistrate of the first class shall try an offence
under this Act.
Rules.– The Government may frame rules to
carry out the purposes of this Act.
Regulations.– The Council may make
regulations, not inconsistent with this Act or the rules for or with respect
to any matter that by this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed,
specified or determined by the Council for carrying out the purposes or
giving effect to the provisions of this Act.