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Integrated Rescue System

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Integrated Rescue System

The Integrated Rescue System (IRS) is determined for co-ordination of rescue and clean-up operations in case, where a situation requires operation of forces and means of several bodies, e.g. firefighters, police, medical rescue service and other bodies, or in case, where the rescue and clean-up operation is necessary to be co-ordinated from the Ministry of Interior or by a leader of region’s level, or by mayors of municipalities with extended responsibilities.
As the Integrated Rescue System are therefore considered the co-ordinated proceedings of its bodies during preparations for emergencies, and during rescue and clean-up operations.
The Act No. 239/2000 Coll.  on the Integrated Rescue System and on amendment of certain codes, in latter wording, is the basic legal frame.

Basic IRS bodies:
     Fire Rescue Service of CR and fire units, based on fire cover,
     Police of CR,
     Medical Rescue Service.

Other IRS bodies:
     Specified forces and means of armed bodies,
     Other armed security services,
     Other rescue services,
     Public health protection authorities,
     Emergency, stand-by, specialised and other services,
     Civil Protection establishments,
     NGOs and civil associations, which can be used for rescue and clean-up operations.

As permanent authorities for coordination of Integrated Rescue System bodies are considered the operational and information centres of the Integrated Rescue System, i.e. the operational centres of regional Fire Rescue Services and the Operational and Information Centre of the Directorate General  of Fire Rescue Service of CR.

In 2008 fire units co-operated with other IRS bodies in 87,903 operations in total.

Humanitarian assistance to abroad

Providing humanitarian assistance to abroad is an integral part of foreign policy of the Czech Republic. Humanitarian assistance has been provided either on bilateral level, or through international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The Czech Republic has been providing multilateral assistance through humanitarian organisations. Humanitarian assistance to abroad have been provided based on request of an affected country which requests through its representative bodies or through international organisations.
The Ministry of Interior, by the Act No. 239/2000 Coll. on the Integrated Rescue System and on modification of certain codes, in latter wording, fulfils tasks in the frame of the Czech Republic participation in international rescue emergency operations in foreign countries and in provision of humanitarian assistance to foreign countries, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Basic forms of assistance:
•     Rescue – taking part in international rescue operations or dispatching an independent rescue team
•     Material – provision of material according to the needs of an affected country
•     Financial – provision of finance to Czech/international organisations, or directly to relevant authorities of an affected country
•     Advisory – dispatching of specialists and experts, or provision of information needed
•     Combined – combines the four above-mentioned forms of assistance.

In the frame of the Fire Rescue Service of CR special USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) units have been established, which have been taking an active part in international rescue operations. The main aim of the USAR team is rescuing people from collapsed buildings and constructions, mainly after earthquake or explosions. Team members have been trained according to international standards and are prepared for immediate operation in case of major disaster both home and abroad. The USAR unit is always ready to be dispatched.

Combined with other special module units, the USAR unit can be modified for further rescue activities like chemical analysis and decontamination, floods, fires or medical.
Financial resources, allocated by the Government for the current year in state budget into a bound reserve for humanitarian assistance of the General Cash Administration, fund the State humanitarian assistance of the Czech Republic to foreign countries.For 2008 the amount of CZK 75 million (EUR 2,68 million) had been allocated. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes financial resources from this bound reserve, and regularly informs the Government on these spending.
Year                         2004   2005   2006   2007   2008
Number of cases        18      17       18       33       29
Number of countries   16      15       11       26       23
Sum in million CZK     51.2    158     87.2    66.56   71.487
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