Xi hails new fire-res­cue force

Pres­i­dent says mem­bers must be loyal to the Party and safe­guard peo­ple, prop­erty

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping re­quired a newly es­tab­lished na­tional fire­fight­ing and res­cue force on Fri­day to be loyal to the Party and to be ded­i­cated to serv­ing the peo­ple.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, made the re­mark at the flag-con­fer­ring cer­e­mony of the na­tional com­pre­hen­sive fire­fight­ing and res­cue force held at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing.

It is a strate­gic de­ci­sion made by the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to es­tab­lish the fire­fight­ing and res­cue force to mod­ern­ize the ca­pac­ity for gov­er­nance, and it has great sig­nif­i­cance to im­prove the coun­try’s ca­pac­ity to prevent dis­as­ter and to res­cue peo­ple, safe­guard pub­lic se­cu­rity and pro­tect peo­ple’s lives and prop­erty, Xi said.

The force is built up from the pre­vi­ous fire­fight­ing force un­der the pub­lic se­cu­rity au­thor­ity and the pre­vi­ous forestry force un­der the armed po­lice.

More than 500 fire­fight­ers and res­cuers, wear­ing the new uni­form of the force, at­tended the cer­e­mony. They took an oath at the cer­e­mony, pledg­ing to be loyal to the Party, fol­low strict dis­ci­pline and spare no ef­forts in pro­tect­ing the safety of peo­ple’s lives and prop­erty and safe­guard­ing so­cial sta­bil­ity.

The force is cur­rently un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Min­istry of Emer­gency Man­age­ment. It has spe­cial pro­fes­sional ranks as well as a spe­cial flag, badge, oath and uni­form.

The force should be loyal to the Party, fol­low strict dis­ci­pline, be brave to fight in all con­di­tions and be ded­i­cated to serv­ing the peo­ple, Xi said.

The pres­i­dent said the force must help the peo­ple when they are in need and bravely pro­tect peo­ple’s lives and health.

Xi spoke highly of the prom­i­nent con­tri­bu­tions made by the fire­fight­ing force to pro­tect­ing the peo­ple.

Af­ter the re­form, the force, as the coun­try’s main power for emer­gency res­cue, shoul­ders great re­spon­si­bil­ity for pre­vent­ing and re­solv­ing ma­jor safety risks and deal­ing with all kinds of dis­as­ters and ac­ci­dents, Xi said, adding that the Party and the peo­ple have great ex­pec­ta­tions for the force.

The force should fol­low the ab­so­lute lead­er­ship of the Party, have strong be­lief, firmly safe­guard the au­thor­ity of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and its cen­tral­ized and uni­fied lead­er­ship, firmly obey the or­ders of the Party, and al­ways be the loyal guard of the Party and the peo­ple, Xi said.

Xi told the force to fol­low strict dis­ci­pline, be ready for emer­gency cases, put the peo­ple at the high­est place in mind and save the peo­ple from dan­ger.

WANG YE / XINHUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, presents a flag to the com­man­der of a newly es­tab­lished na­tional com­pre­hen­sive fire­fight­ing and res­cue force at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

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