Saving Lives & Beyond...

Shri SN Pradhan, IPS

         I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the National Disaster Response Force, the largest singular & specialised disaster response force in the world. NDRF has time & again proved its mettle in the realm of disaster response and disaster risk reduction. It will be my endeavor to add further value to the efforts of my worthy predecessors and guide NDRF on to the threshold of world class excellence and best in class standards.

         Despite multidimensional challenges, the brave-hearts of NDRF always led from the front, displayed high level of dedication & commitment towards our motto आपदा सेवा सदैव which implies Sustained Disaster Response Service under all circumstances. The motto underlines the unwavering commitment of NDRF personnel (fondly called the RESCUERS) to their assigned task of effective disaster response under all circumstances. The sincerity, professionalism and devotion displayed by the RESCUERS during various forms of disasters have created a goodwill and positive image among citizens so much so that the NDRF has been referred to as the “Angels in Disaster”.

         I feel immensely proud that NDRF is marching apace with its avowed vision & mission. In just over a decade NDRF has rescued over 1.15 lakh precious human lives and also evacuated over 5.8 lakh stranded persons during various operations within the country and abroad. The swift and effective response of NDRF during Japan Triple Disaster-2011 and Nepal Earthquake 2015 was acclaimed globally.

         NDRF will continue to strive towards making India a disaster- resilient nation through its community capacity building process. Under its self-specified dictum of ACT or TRAIN, when not handling disasters the RESCUERS are committed train themselves or to be amidst the citizens training and empowering for disaster resilience. NDRF has initiated various outreach programmes to sensitize our citizens and train them as first responders. Over the years more than 53 lakh persons have been sensitized by NDRF.

         I am optimistic that all officers and men of NDRF will strive earnestly, with unflinching resolve and carry out their mandated task with utmost sincerity and dedication in the future and always uphold our motto “AAPDA SEVA SADAIV”.

         On behalf of all ranks of the force, I assure all citizens of India that NDRF personnel will leave no stone unturned in responding promptly and effectively to disasters while empowering the community and especially our younger generations in becoming first responders and effective bulwark in the face of disasters, whether man-made or natural.

Director General
National Disaster Response Force