Prabhat Rahangdale: Security and Disaster Management

Mumbai Fire Brigade

Given on this 23rd day of January 2009 at New Delhi, by the hands of Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Hon’ble Chief Information Commissioner of India

One of the very few Search and Rescue experts in India, Prabhat Rahangdale, has displayed exemplary courage in the face adversity – whether it is floods in Orissa and Bihar or terrorist attack in Mumbai. Rahangdale was responsible for the formation of multi-disciplinary task force for Search and Rescue at National & International levels. These teams were deployed for rescue operations in the aftermath of massive earthquakes at both Latur in 1993 and Bhuj in 2001; Tsunami in December 2006; and, floods in Mumbai on 26th July 2007. In October 2008, a flood rescue team under Rahangdale’s command was deputed in Bihar. Perhaps for the first time in its 122-year-old history, the Mumbai Fire Brigade was called upon to respond to a terror attack call on 26th November 2008. Rahangdale – the Braveheart – led from the front fighting fire in the face of firing and grenade attacks from the terrorists and succeeded in saving several lives.

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