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Western Railways to introduce ‘Azad Brigade’ to treat accident victims

The move from Western Railways comes in response to the increase in the number of accidents occurring every year. The group of people will aid the accident victims between Churchgate and Dahanu

Western Railways to introduce ‘Azad Brigade’ to treat accident victims
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Over the past few years, the number of railway accidents has risen in Mumbai. On average, every day, 12 people die due to rail accidents and various people amongst the deceased, die due to lack of medical services during the ‘golden hour’. In response, the Western Railways have decided to form a group of individuals to rescue and treat the injured immediately, in case of an accident.

The plan by Western Railways is to introduce a group of people, i.e. Azad Brigade, on every station from Churchgate to Dahanu. These people will be trained by the rail corporation to tend to the wounds of the injured.

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The initiative has been named after Vile Parle Station Manager Ashok Azad who had died while helping a person falling from a local train on May 18, 2017. The brigade has been formed under the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s orders to formulate better plans for rail safety.

A tender of ₹2.75 crore has been approved for the Azad Brigade initiative. In total, 148 assistants will be recruited at the 37 stations, i.e. four members per station.

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