In order to ensure that response to all eventualities like derailments, natural disaster are prompt and immediate, N.F.Railway Safety Organisation has conducted a number of joint mock drill with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
Calendar for Site Mock Drill (SMD) with NDRF was issued for every Division from the office of the Chief Safety Office. Accordingly joint mock drill exercises were conducted in every Division with NDRF.
Tinsukia Division (Assam State) conducted joint mock drill with 1st BN NDRF, Azara and SDRF on 29-07-15 from 10:00 hrs. Besides the full squad of Railway Breakdown staff of Tinsukia Division, railway officer of Tinsukia Division and Headquarter also participated in the exercise. Rangiya Division conducted joint exercise on 10-07-15 at New Bongaigaon yard from 10:00 hrs. with 1st BN, NDRF, Azara.
Alipurduar and Katihar division combinely conducted joint mock exercise on 06-04-15 at New Jalpaiguri yard with the help of 2nd BN NDRF, Calcutta.
Katihar Division conducted joint mock exercise with 9 BN NDRF/Patna on 02-02-15 from 2:00 hrs.at Manihari station.
Lumding Division conducted joint mock exercise on 04-04-15 from 10:00 hrs at New Guwahati yard with 1stBN NDRF, Azara.
All joint mock exercises were led by Commanding Officer/NDRF, Chief Safety Officer/N.F.Railway and Nodal Officer of NFR/HQ.
In these mock drills, a coach is derailed and kept tilted with the help of 140 Ton Break down crane to simulate an accident. Volunteers posting as injured passengers trapped inside the coach are rescued by cutting open the widow bars and the coach body panel with the help of Hydraulic Rescue Device and Disc-saw and taken to the temporary medical relief camp on stretchers. Communication equipments are also installed at the spot along with emergency lighting equipment.
During the exercise the response of every department like engineering, signal, telecom, electrical, medical etc. is monitored in terms of time taken for carrying out the specific tasks performed by them, since every second is important in rescue and relief operations.
These joint exercises have helped the railways to achieve a better position of preparedness to compliment well established system like Accident Relief Trains(ARTs) and ARME (Accident Relief Medical Equipment) vans which are kept in a state of readiness in nominated station all over the railways.