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Civil defense volunteers fused

The city’s civil defense office yesterday united volunteers in the protection and rescue service into one group.

The group is made up of 16 sub-squads based in each city district, specializing in different civil defense duties, including evacuation guidance, psychological consulting, emergency repair and water rescue. Squad members mainly come from civil defense industries, government units and public service organizations.

During yesterday’s launch ceremony, the squads were awarded flags to honor their dedication and categorize each duty for better management.

According to the office, the group is the first of its kind in the nation to combine voluntary service with civil defense, an important supplement to the current civil protection and rescue network.

“Civil defense cannot be improved without support from the public, thus the setting up of the volunteer service group can greatly strengthen our original force and raise awareness widely,” said Zhong Jie, director of the civil defense office.

Currently, there are 17 professional rescue teams of more than 20,000 members across the city, responsible for key security missions and nuclear biochemical detection, which will be replenished with the new volunteer team.

According to the office’s Cheng Zheng, public participation is essential to a city’s overall safety. Across the world, many countries, such as Germany and France, had mobilized the public for a mature civil defense system.

Cheng said: “These volunteer squads used to be scattered around the city. What we do now is to integrate them together to create higher mobility.”

In the next step, the volunteer group aims to form a united civil defense force through joint training and drills, shared information and regular activities.


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