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Právo: Czechs to jointly train soldiers, police, firefighters

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Prague, Dec 9 (CTK) – The Czech National Security Council (BRS) will debate the establishment of a modern training centre in which soldiers, firefighters, police and rescuers could jointly train reaction to a terrorist attack, daily Pravo writes yesterday.
The centre for 600 to 900 million crowns could be built at the military training ground in Vyskov, south Moravia.
The initiator of the idea, former soldier Bohuslav Chalupa (ANO), member of the defence and security committees of the Chamber of Deputies, says the Czech Republic cannot afford spending huge sums on state-of-the-art armament. Instead, it should focus on a quality training of the current forces, Pravo writes.
“The centre would serve all defence corps. Commanders should also train the tactic of an operation since the military, police, firefighters and rescuers have perfectly trained people and there is no problem where they operate separately. But if they meet, there may be problems with powers, command and communication,” Chalupa said.
The advantages of joint training may not show in terrorist attacks only, but also in cases where an ammunition store explodes, which happened in Vrbetice, south Moravia, last year, Pravo writes.
Rear cooperation did not work properly, the police did not have enough trained persons so that soldiers had to be called in to guard the surroundings and they also had to bring with them tents and containers, Chalupa said.
If the BRS and government approve the establishment of the new centre, preparatory work could start within half a year, Pravo writes.
Similar centres operate in Jordan and in the neighbouring Slovakia, which are already used to capacity, Pravo writes.
Chalupa said in the current international situation, it is suitable to be self-sufficient in security matters.
“The norms that are applied in current training were often set 20 years ago, but yesterday, there are also other threats,” Chalupa said.
($1=24.841 crowns)

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