The enhancement of preparedness of the rescue forces of the Slovak Republic

Project completed

Since 1998, Slovakia has seen a big increase in the occurrence of various types of natural disasters and of other types of emergencies. This is reflected in a 25% rise of overall rescue activities between 1998 and 2008. The Integrated Rescue System (1RS) of the Slovak Republic needs to provide the assistance as fast and effective as possible. The speed and effectiveness of the assistance is to a great extent influenced by the professional knowledge and technical equipment of the rescue forces, as well as the effectiveness of deployment. The analysis of the intervention actions of the rescue forces shows that incidents like floods, forest fires, wind or snow calamities, mass traffic accidents in tunnels and the leakage of dangerous substances are the accidents where the rescue forces suffer the biggest lack of professional preparedness and the lack of necessary technical equipment necessary for the management of such situations.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Slovakia
Enhanced security and safety
Managing natural disasters and emergency situations
01.07.2011 - 31.03.2017
CHF 3'319'150

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

Since 1998, Slovakia has seen a big increase in the occurrence of various types of natural disasters and of other types of emergencies. This is reflected in a 25% rise of overall rescue activities between 1998 and 2008. The Integrated Rescue System (1RS) of the Slovak Republic needs to provide the assistance as fast and effective as possible. The speed and effectiveness of the assistance is to a great extent influenced by the professional knowledge and technical equipment of the rescue forces, as well as the effectiveness of deployment. The analysis of the intervention actions of the rescue forces shows that incidents like floods, forest fires, wind or snow calamities, mass traffic accidents in tunnels and the leakage of dangerous substances are the accidents where the rescue forces suffer the biggest lack of professional preparedness and the lack of necessary technical equipment necessary for the management of such situations.

Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to protect civilians and their property in the Slovak Republic. The objective of the project is to ensure a high preparedness of the Slovak Rescue forces of the Integrated Rescue System to manage natural disasters and other emergencies.

Target groups
  • Police Forces
  • Mountain Rescue Service of SR
  • Rescue Module of Ministry of
  • Interior of SR
  • Association of Rescue Dog
  • Handlers of SR and other rescue
  • services of European states
  • Employees of Control Chemical Laboratories
  • Fire and Rescue Forces
Activities
  • Component 1: A centre for service dogs will be built and established. Trainings for dog trainers will be realised in cooperation with the "Kompetenzzentrum Veterinärdienst und Armeetiere" (DDPS)
  • Component 2: The equipment of the Control Chemical Laboratories of Civil Protection will be modernised. Additionally, trainings of the employees of the Control Chemical Laboratories will be implemented together with the Spiez Laboratory
  • Component 3: Trainings of the fire and rescue forces to manage emergency situations in road and railway tunnels will be held. A command vehicle for the fire and rescue forces will be procured and tactical exercises held
Results

Achieved results:  

 

Component 1:

 

  • A new national kennnel and police dog training centre with the capacity for 50 service dogs and 42 persons was built and is operational
  • The capacity for annual training of 150 service dogs and 120 dog handlers has been established
  • 18 dog trainers have received a state of the art training

 

Component 2:

  • The capacities of the staff of the chemical labs of civil protection have improved, i.a. thanks to exchanged experiences with the CBRN Laboratory in Spiez.
  • Competences of 10 employees have been enhanced in the area of measurement of dangerous chemical and radioactive substances.

Component 3:

 

  • 27 firemen have practical knowledge to respond to emergency situations on roads and in tunnels.
  • In total 415 employees of the Integrated Rescue System were trained in the area of civil protection, emergency situations and intervention mangement

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'319'150 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'245'632
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2011 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)