Handover of protection and rescue equipment procured through a project funded by the EU and implemented by the Government of Brčko District together with Brod Municipality and partners from Serbia, Šid and Sremska Mitrovica, took place in Brčko.
As part of the “Emergency Response Now-ERNOW” project, the civil protection of Brčko District became equipped with two field vehicles, three high capacity pumps, two trash pumps, uniforms, aluminium and rubber boats, as well as necessary equipment.
A joint exercise of Protection and Rescue Unit of Brčko District of BiH and Civil Protection Unit of Brod Municipality was held during the handover ceremony using equipment procured within this project.
Gianluca Vannini, acting Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation of Delegation of European Union to Bosnia, handed over the keys of equipment to Mayor of Brčko District Siniša Milić and Mayor of Brod Municipality Ilija Jovičić, stressing out importance of the cross border cooperation.
“Assistance like this provide added value to all partners as they are implemented on cross-border level and thus strengthen the social and economic cohesion of the neighboring areas. It makes the opportunity to strengthen the established cross-border partnerships, create new networks and address effectively our common concerns”, said Vannini.
Mayor Milić said that the main goal of this project was to empower emergency response services for quicker response in cases of natural disasters with aim to protect people and property.
“Experience that we have exchanged in the cooperation with other local communities is also very valuable. We have showed that we are capable of working on projects like these, and Brčko District is in the phase of establishing unit which will work on EU projects in the future”, said Mayor Milić.
Financial value of the “Emergency response now – ERNOW” Cross Border Cooperation Program Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina within the IPA program 2007-2013 is around €160,000.