Kyrgyz rescue workers to receive training

Six rescue training centres specialising in different fields will be built in Kyrgyzstan by the end of next year. The first centre opened in Osh in September.

Tair Shamshiyev

2009-10-13

KYRGYZSTAN — Six rescue training centres specialising in different fields will be built in Kyrgyzstan by the end of next year. The first centre to train rescue workers opened in Osh in September. In addition to professional rescue workers, members of voluntary rescue teams in rural areas and local government chiefs will be trained at the Osh centre.

Emergency Situations Minister Kamchybek Tashiyev said that they will learn how to protect the population in the event of man-made or natural disasters, and how to teach members of the public to respond to such situations. “It is important that this type of training centre has been opened in southern Kyrgyzstan, which frequently experiences various kinds of natural disasters,” said Hugo Karlsson, head of the OSCE Office in Osh.

The project will cost US$230,000. A former military unit building which was rapidly refurbished within a few months now includes a classroom for 30, guest rooms and a dining facility.

The government hopes that its new initiatives to provide training for rescue workers will help reduce fatalities and financial losses caused by man-made and natural disasters, which are becoming increasingly frequent in Kyrgyzstan.

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