Last week, Sinaia hosted the closing conference of the Romanian-Swiss project called “Strengthening the Capacities of the Romania Gendarmerie”. Actually, in mid-June 2018, a line was drawn over the five-year period in which this project was implemented, the meeting in Prahova being a good opportunity to present the main results obtained. The event was attended by the head of the Swiss Contribution in Romania, Roland Python, along with the General Inspector of the Romanian Gendarmerie, Colonel Sebastian Cucos, as well as by representatives of the Ministry of internal Affairs and of the Ministry of Public Finance. The closing conference was preceded by a demonstrative rescue-evacuation exercise from the mountain environment.
The project “Strengthening the Capacities of the Romanian Gendarmerie”, initiated in January 2013, following the signing of the Framework Agreement concluded at Bern between the Romanian Government and the Swiss Federal Council on Implementing the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Program for Reducing Economic and Social Disparities within the Enlarged European Union, benefited from a budget of CHF 2,352,941.17 (respectively the Swiss contribution of CHF 2,000,000 and the Romanian contribution of CHF 352,941.17). The representatives of the Romanian Gendarmerie stated that the main objectives pursued during the whole project were: the development of the capacity of the institution to manage the massive public demonstrations and the international sports events; enhancing citizens’ safety and the environment in mountain areas for a sustainable tourism development; increasing the survival chances of the victims of mountain accidents. As for the main activities carried out under the Romanian-Swiss project, they consisted in the elaboration of concepts of the use of forces during the massive events and of specific training modules in the field of ensuring public order during the large-scale manifestations and sports events; a series of workshops were organized, being attended by with Swiss specialists; the approached issues were the best practices in the field of fighting against hooliganism, preventing and combating violence on stadiums, as well as on the operational management of European football matches and large-scale events.
Meetings and expert meetings in Switzerland and Romania also took place for the exchange of knowledge on good operational practices in the mountain field, the role of the police forces and the gendarmerie in environmental protection. At the same time, by organizing training courses in the field of the helicopter rescue techniques using the winch, the training of gendarmes in the field of the qualified first aid, extrication procedures and other rescue operations was also carried out, the purpose being to develop new procedures to improve cooperation between the General Aviation Inspectorate, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and the Gendarmerie in the air-assisted mountain rescue operations.
Last but not least, it was also mentioned that an awareness and signaling campaign was carried out under the project in the Carpathian Mountains on the protection of the environment and biodiversity, and means of mobility specific to mountain missions were acquired.