Timor improves emergency response service

Aug 29, 2012

imageSecretary of State for Security, Francisco da Costa Guterres (front centre) at the control panel during the ceremony. Photo Sandra Magno/UNDP TL.

Dili – People involved in an emergency in Timor-Leste will soon be provided with a better emergency response service.

Staff at the National Directorate for Civil Protection and the Fire Service (Bombeiros), have recently been trained in how to respond to emergencies such as fires, accidents, landslides and flooding.

At a ceremony today, UNDP and UNMIT handed over technical equipment which will support the National Directorate for Civil Protection in setting up an emergency telephone helpline for the Bombeiros.

“This technical equipment and training will greatly help our efforts to respond to emergencies in the future,” said Domingos Pinto, Director of The National Directorate for Civil Protection.

“We hope that when this emergency coordination centre opens we can respond rapidly and at any time to calls from the community.”

Training has also included methods to improve the effectiveness of the overall emergency response system in areas such as response time, quality of the service and reporting.

The Government is keen to strengthen its ability to coordinate and manage emergency rescue operations,” said Noura Hamladji, Deputy Country Director of UNDP.

“I hope that our support in the establishment of a National Centre for Operational Coordination will assist them in this.”

The official opening of the emergency coordination centre will be announced by the Government in the coming months.