Sampoerna Rescue Team (SAR)
Situated atop two tectonic plates and on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is under constant threat of natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, tsunamis and earthquakes. Sampoerna believes it is necessary to prepare the community to reduce the risks of natural disasters.
As a contribution to this effort, Sampoerna formed the Sampoerna Rescue Team in 2002. Coverage of Sampoerna Rescue’s disaster management includes preparedness, emergency response and evacuation, recovery, revitalization and reconstruction, prevention, disaster risk reduction (mitigation) and health services. The parties involved Sampoerna Rescue’s network include the Government: National Agency for Disaster Management, Local Agency for Disaster Management, National Rescue Team, Ministry of Public Welfare Coordinator, Indonesian National Army and Indonesian Police, and non-governmental organizations: Indonesian Red Cross, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation, MerC, Air Putih Foundation, individual volunteers, TAGANA, MAPALA and various companies.
In 2010, Sampoerna began realized its plan to establish the SAR Training Center as a pioneering integrated SAR training facility developed by the private sector at Pasuruan in East Java. This SAR Training Center is part of the corporate social responsibility program to support disaster preparedness and the capacity and skills related to emergency response.
The SAR Training Center was established on 3.5 hectares of land and includes the following facilities:
- 50-person capacity classroom.
- 18-meter high multifunction tower for technical training on a multi-story building for vertical rescue techniques, zip line and rappelling without foothold training.
- Reservoir for the water rescue technique training.