Help is on the way for civil­ian res­cue teams

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China’s Min­istry of Emer­gency Man­age­ment has vowed to take more mea­sures to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of civil­ian res­cue teams to strengthen the coun­try’s emer­gency re­sponse sys­tem. In­sid­ers have wel­comed the ini­tia­tive, say­ing that laws, reg­u­la­tions and ca­pac­ity-build­ing as­sis­tance are needed to sup­port it and achieve or­derly par­tic­i­pa­tion. On a field re­search tour to Zhe­jiang prov­ince in Au­gust, Huang Ming, the min­istry’s Party sec­re­tary, re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of civil­ian res­cue teams and vowed to pro­vide as­sis­tance in their de­vel­op­ment. Civil­ians are an in­dis­pens­able part of the coun­try’s emer­gency re­sponse sys­tem, he said, cit­ing sev­eral of their ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing “flex­i­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion” and “high en­thu­si­asm”. He said the min­istry will build a more com­plete sys­tem of laws and reg­u­la­tion, or­ga­nize com­pe­ti­tions and as­sess­ments, and of­fer train­ing for vol­un­teers.

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