Fire and rescue services receive major investment in equipment

The Czech Republic’s ability to handle problems caused by floods will be greatly improved through an investment which provides a vast array of new equipment. This project makes it possible for the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (FRS CR) to provide identical, high-quality rescue operations throughout all regions.

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Purchasing the new state-of-the-art equipment and technology improves FRS CR’s ability to respond to extensive flooding, flash floods and other types of emergencies, where the goal is to protect human lives, property and the environment.

The new equipment will allow FRS CR to deploy its special emergency teams more quickly so that they can deliver humanitarian aid and logistical support to flood-affected populations. The investment will also help strengthen the Fire Service’s preparedness vis-à-vis its role in the country’s Integrated Rescue System.

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The investment includes 44 4x4 command cars, three amphibious vehicles, five all-terrain cars, five recovery vehicles and various transport trailers. Pumping equipment, water tenders and earth moving machines also feature in the investment package, as does a variety of ancillary equipment such as water protective clothing and fuelling containers.

When dealing with flooding, the Fire Service engages in four areas of overlapping activity: intervention management, rescue operations, emergency survival for the population, and salvage operations. The new equipment has been purchased with all these tasks in mind.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Increasing preparedness of the Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic for floods” is EUR 58 377 714, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 49 621 057 from the Operational Programme “Integrated Operational Programme” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Improving the quality and accessibility of public services”.

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