The Tallinn authorities intend to create a reservist unit composed of volunteers working in various city institutions, the BNS news agency reported on Thursday. Its aim will be to support the uniformed services in the capital of Estonia during a possible crisis and to ensure the continuity of the authorities’ operations regardless of the circumstances.
– We carry out various activities, from creating shelters and fire protection centers, to planning emergency supplies and conducting training for residents. One of the steps is to create an inter-ministerial reserve composed of employees of municipal institutions, said Tiit Terik, deputy mayor of Tallinn.
The police, emergency services, territorial defense forces (Kaitseliit) and the Red Cross will be responsible for training officials. The training will include “classes in evacuation, first aid and other practical skills.”
Margo Irve, head of Tallinn Police’s crisis preparedness department, called the project “particularly important to ensure continuity of services during the crisis.”
“Volunteers will assist at evacuation points, crisis centers and response centers to ensure the operation of local government services and provide assistance to residents,” Irve explained.
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