The campaign, which is implemented on the occasion of the holidays of the new Persian calendar year (starting 21 March 2019), was inaugurated in the presence of IRCS President Ali Asghar Peyvandi in a road relief base in Alborz Province, only miles from Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Saturday, 16 March.

IRCS has deployed 5,442 rescuers and aid workers in 559 permanent posts, 838 branches and temporary posts as well as 24 air relief posts

Iranian Red Crescent will exploit logistical facilities, including 1,282 relief vehicles, 1,026 ambulances, 438 rescue vehicles, 50 operational vehicles, 11 communication vehicles, 475 motorcycles, 122 motor ambulances and 24 relief choppers to cover the campaign which will run through 6 April.

Morteza Salimi, Head of the IRCS Relief and Rescue Organisation, says: “Currently, the average time that takes for (Iranian) Red Crescent rescuers to get to road disasters to render relief services to the injured people is estimated at 10 minutes and 30 seconds and we are going to scale down this time to 8 minutes by increasing the number of road bases and posts in Norouz Relief and Rescue Campaign.”

IRCS has deployed 5,442 rescuers and aid workers in 559 permanent posts, 838 branches and temporary posts as well as 24 air relief posts. Furthermore 31 rapid response teams in the capital of the provinces (456 rescuers) and 31 female teams are prepared to offer relief services to the people.

“The campaign seeks to decrease the time it takes rescuers to get to accident spots in the roads, reduce the number of fatalities in road accidents in suburban arteries and bolster the capabilities of the travelers facing various disasters by safety recommendations,” Salimi said. “People may contact IRCS emergency number (112–Relief Voice) if they are at risk of natural or man-made disasters.”

 112 emergency number can be contacted even without SIM-card.