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Belarusian, Polish, German rescuers to hold joint exercises in Brest Oblast

Society 16.10.2019 | 17:39

BREST, 16 October (BelTA) – A division of the fire service of Germany's Brandenburg will take part in a special tactical training exercise as part of the project “Security at Belarusian-Polish Cross-Border Territory. Strengthening the Capacity of Firefighting and Rescue Services”, BelTA learned from the Brest Oblast Department of the Emergencies Ministry.

The agreement was reached during a visit of the delegation of the Brest Oblast Department of the Emergencies Ministry to Oberhavel, Brandenburg, Germany. Plans are in place to hold the exercise in Brest Oblast in H1 2020. “Representatives of the Oberhavel Fire Service Association were among the observers at the joint exercise, which we conducted together with Polish rescuers in July 2019. German counterparts have expressed an interest to take a direct part in the exercise. Such interaction is important for exchanging best practices,” representatives of the Brest Oblast Department of the Emergencies Ministry said.

While in Germany, representatives of the state administration and fire service of the German district confirmed their interest in bilateral cooperation. In particular, President of the Oberhavel Fire Service Association Steffen Schoenfeld thanked the guests for the invitation of the German youth team to Belarus to take part in the international gathering of young firefighters and rescuers, hailing the organization of the event. In turn, the hosts intend to invite the team of Belarusian young firefighters to pay a return visit to Germany in June 2020.

Possibilities of strengthening cooperation between the emergency rescue services were also discussed at a working meeting with Minister of the Interior of Brandenburg Karl-Heinz Schroeter. The minister gave a positive assessment of bilateral relations, supporting the Belarusian initiative to implement joint projects of international technical assistance.

Brest rescuers got familiar with the Federal Police Department in the city of Blumberg, visited firefighting equipment museums, firefighting and rescue units in Berlin and Liebenwalde.

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