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Nordeste ,  April 15, 2019

Regional Government presents to the Legislative Assembly legal document establishing the Legal Scheme on Civil Protection System

The Regional Secretary for Health stated in Nordeste that the legal documents concerning Civil Protection matters that were recently approved by the Council of the Government contribute to a substantial improvement in risk capacity management and enhance the safety of the Azorean population.
"With the proposal for Regional Legislative Decree establishing the creation of the Legal Scheme on the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, we intend to consolidate the guidelines on the regional Civil Protection policy in a single document. It adapts the Basic Civil Protection Law to the regional reality, ensuring the legal certainty to the action of various Civil Protection agents and creating the mechanisms for improved coordination in case of serious accident or catastrophe," emphasised Rui Luís.
The Regional Secretary spoke at the public presentation of the legal document. On the occasion, he stressed that this legal framework will optimise the existing resources in the field, thus improving the organisation of the entire chain of command that coordinates various entities.
The draft document aims to regulate the activities carried out by Civil Protection agents in order to prevent collective risks inherent to major accidents or catastrophes and to mitigate their effects as well as to protect and rescue people and property in the event of these situations.
The document includes the following activities: the issuance of alert and the declaration of contingency and regional public disaster; the coordination, operation and implementation of Civil Protection policies in the Azores with special emphasis on the powers and organisation of the Regional Commission for the Azores Civil Protection; the coordination between the Regional Civil Protection Services and the Municipal Civil Protection Services; the management and requisition of resources in case of catastrophe.
Besides the proposal for Regional Legislative Decree establishing the creation of the Legal Scheme on the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, the Government also presented today other documents at the Regional Legislative Assembly. They concern the New Regional Emergency Plan for the Azores Civil Protection and the Regulation on the Integrated Civil Protection and Relief Operations of the Autonomous Region of the Azores; both will be published in the Official Journal on Tuesday, April 16.
The Regional Emergency Plan for the Azores Civil Protection, which follows the current Regional Emergency Plan, dated 2007, regulates the institutional coordination and the intervention of the organisations that make up the Integrated Protection and Relief Operations System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and other public or private entities to take part in the operations. This platform is prepared to provide an organised responses to situations of major distress or catastrophe.
"This plan defines the method of operation of all the organisations involved in an emergency operation, so as to avoid the loss of lives and property while restoring normalcy in the shortest possible time," stated Rui Luís.
The Regulation on the Integrated Civil Protection and Relief Operations of the Autonomous Region of the Azores was created given the importance of establishing a legal framework to define a series of permanent structures, rules and procedures. It is intended to guarantee that all Civil Protection agents take action in the Region under a single command, without prejudice to their hierarchical and functional organisation.
"The institutional coordination is carried out by the Emergency Operations Centre of the Azores Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service, while operations are managed by the Regional Command of Operations and Relief. In case of disaster, this centre ensures the coordination of Fire Departments, Security Forces, Armed Forces, the Maritime Authority, the National Civil Aviation Authority and public entities providing health care," said the Regional Secretary.


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