Ungheni meets with Iaşi for cross-border cooperation

SAM 4 took place at the Emergency Situations Inspectorate „Mihail Grigore Sturdza” from Iași, where Ungheni District Council as the CRISMAS Project partner was represented by the head of Ungheni district, Ludmila GUZUN, by the local team and the most active members of the working group created within the project, and by the lead partner from the Netherlands – Nico van Os, project manager and Ruud Houdijk, project expert. The meeting aimed to ensure the transfer of the best practices on the development of cross-border partnerships for the efficient management of emergency situations in Ungheni-Iasi region.

In a friendly and working atmosphere, the delegation from Ungheni was informed by the representatives from Emergency Situations Inspectorate from Iași about the development and implementation process of the Risk Analysis and Coverage Plan of the identified risks at Iași County level (RACP). That important document includes the potential risks identified at the level of the administrative-territorial units of Iaşi County, as well as the measures, actions and resources necessary for the management of the identified risks. RACP ensures that all stakeholders are aware of their tasks and responsibilities at pre-disaster, disaster and post-crisis stages, thus creating a unitary and coherent action framework for the prevention and management of triggering emergency risks.

The most important thing is that RACP includes measures that provide an optimal response for short, medium and long term till rehabilitation in an emergency, appropriate to each identified risk. An important topic discussed during that meeting was focused on the main types of risks at Iași County level, which might have cross-border effects. These are floods, landslides, earthquakes, vegetation fires, accidents, explosions, fires in dangerous products transportation and storage and water pollution.

“We want to change the approach of the local public authorities to deal with emergency situations in Ungheni district, moving from an intervention-oriented approach towards a more focused approach on population prevention and training, which will considerably reduce the number of cases and costs for intervention. We appreciate the openness of Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate to share its experience but also the lessons learned with us, which will allow us to orient our efforts to prepare the population and win over time,” concluded Ludmila GUZUN, head of Ungheni district.

Particularly impressive was the equipment of Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate for intervention in emergency situations. The intervention equipment was procured with external financing, attracted by the Inter Community Development Association (IDA) „Euronest”, that was set up in 2008 by Iași, Bacău, Botoșani, Neamț, Suceava and Vaslui County Councils. Initially, the intervention area of „Euronest” IDA was limited to projects aimed at improving the capacity and quality of the emergency response system. “In the period between 2008-2015 we implemented four large projects financed by the European Union and therefore we managed to provide the Emergency Inspectorates of the 6 counties with 135 pieces of specific equipment purchased within the amount of 20 million EURO. Today, emergency inspectorates have all the necessary intervention equipment for any kind of situation,” informed Alina POPA, Director of „Euronest” IDA.

The information and raising awareness campaigns aim to preparing the population to deal with emergencies and they are included in national policies. At local and county level, the information and training activities are also organized, but the national campaigns have the greatest impact. “It is very important to prepare the population for emergencies. Depending on the existing risks and on the local financial capacities, each local public authority and Iași County Council allocates each year financial resources in the budget to cover the needs for emergency situations, which vary from year to year. It is important to stress that external financial resources are also attracted,” said Dan Paul IAMANDI, chief inspector of Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate.

“Two emergency simulations at national level are planned in September and November 2017, where representatives of Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate will participate together with representatives from other 6 countries, but our desire is to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Ungheni and Iași. We will propose for 2018 joint exercises and this year we will invite Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate to Ungheni to participate at the official opening of the unit of volunteer firefighters and rescuers in Sculeni, but also to other planned activities”, emphasized Oleg BLIȘCEAC, Head of Ungheni Department of Exceptional Situations.

The delegation from Ungheni was enthusiastic about the high level of specialized intervention equipment of Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate. The local public authorities from Ungheni district have received assurances from Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate that they will offer the necessary support to protect the citizens of Ungheni – Iași cross – border region from disaster risks and emergencies.

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