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MUNICIPALITIES AWARDED WITH FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND TWO OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

The IPA cross-border cooperation program between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro entitled "Cross-border Cooperation in the Field of Fire Protection and Firefighting" has been completed with the division of equipment for firefighters, as well as two off-road vehicles for the needs of civil protection.

The program was successfully implemented by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and INZA Institute Sarajevo, and the partners from Montenegro were the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Montenegro - Directorate for Emergency Situations and FORS of Montenegro - Foundation for the Development of the North of Montenegro.
The 18 sets of equipment were given to the cities of Mostar and Trebinje, and the municipalities of Čajniče, Foča, Gacko, Bileća, Konjic, Jablanica, Stolac and Neum. Off-road vehicles were won by the municipalities of Mostar and Stolac.

The value of the European Union project for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which, among other things, included training of firefighters, was about 200,000 euros.

Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektić held a meeting with representatives of civil protection, municipalities and fire brigades on topic "Coordination, problems and challenges in firefighting".
- I am aware that it is operated under rather difficult conditions and without adequate equipment. We have made an assessment and analysis of the threats from the natural disasters that Bosnia and Herzegovina is prone to" - said Mektić and stressed out that all levels of government should address this issue more.

Also, he announced that the Ministry is implementing an EU project through which the civil protection of entities will receive equipment for protection and rescue worth 1 million euros and another 1.5 million euros for the project of strengthening the Bosnia and Herzegovina Civil Protection Mechanism.