Help is on the way for civilian rescue teams
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.