Civil Protection new Regional and sub regional structures and new model of emergency response announced

Lisbon, April 16, 2021 (Lusa) – The Government will move forward with the extinction of the 18 District Operations and Relief Commands (CDOS) and implement the new territorial model of emergency response and civil protection, according to the proposed law for Great Options for 2021-2025.

“Following the reform of the civil protection system on the pillars of prevention and preparedness, the Government will consolidate efficiency and the capacity for operational response through the realization of the new territorial model of emergency response and civil protection based on regional and sub-regional structures. regional authorities, in close coordination with the competent entities and with the participation of voluntary fire brigades and local authorities ”, says the proposal approved by the Council of Ministers on Thursday.

The new territorial model, foreseen in the organic law of the National Emergency and Protection Authority (ANEPC), involves the extinction of the current 18 CDOS, with the system now being managed by five regional commands and 23 sub-regional commands (one for each of the intermunicipal communities into which the country is now divided).

The order establishing the conditions for the installation and operation of five regional emergency and civil protection commands in the North, Center, Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo and Algarve has already been published in Diário da República.

The proposal for the Great Options law states that the five regional commands will be based in the current facilities of the CDOS and it appears that three of them “require improvements in terms of infrastructure”, namely in Vila Real, Viseu and Évora.

“As for the 23 Subregional Commands for Emergency and Civil Protection, four need to be installed in new infrastructure in the Intermunicipal Communities of Alentejo Litoral, Alto Tâmega, Ave and Tâmega e Sousa”, the document points out.

In the coming years, the Executive will continue to reinforce “Civil Protection means and infrastructures, proceeding with the launch of calls for tenders for the acquisition of means and modernization of infrastructures”.

The proposal also states that the capacity of aerial means of combating rural fires will be strengthened, with the acquisition of six light helicopters, six medium helicopters and two heavy amphibious bombing planes, taking advantage of “the financial leverage” of the Recovery Plan. and Resilience (PRR) and the RescUE program (European civil protection mechanism) which, together with the leased air resources, will constitute the Special Rural Fire Fighting Device.

The Government will continue this year with awareness campaigns through the continuity of the fuel management process and the self-protection programs “Safe Village and Safe People” and “Condominium of Villages”, which aim to ensure greater protection in the event of fire.

According to the proposal, the “Safe Villages and Safe People” programs will be extended with the addition of new clusters and new local security officers will also be designated, whose mission is to transmit warnings to the population, organize evacuation of the cluster in case of need. and carry out awareness-raising actions with the population.

the Support Program for villages located in forest territories “Condomínio de Aldeia”, which was in two pilot areas in the Monchique and Silves Mountains and in the municipalities included in the Pinhal Interior Revitalization Program, will be extended to the rest of the territory defined as vulnerable .

The proposal for the Great Options law for 2021-2025 also establishes the elaboration of an annual plan aimed at preserving the security of critical State infrastructures, in conjunction with the similar structures of the National Defense sector, under the coordination of the Internal Security System and involving security forces and services, as well as the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority.

“The operationalization of the National System of Civil Emergency Planning and the revision of the legal framework related to the identification and protection of critical infrastructures, in order to promote the adoption of protection measures and the increase of the resilience of the identified critical infrastructures, in alignment with others normative norms of transversal character ”, reads in the document.

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