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October 4, 2022

Colectiv, four months from the tragedy, the authorities make up the balance sheet of the intervention: It is needed an alert system in case of disaster

The number of victims from Colectiv club surprised the hospitals from Bucharest and for a better coordination of such tragedies, it is needed an alert system in case of disaster. It is just one of the conclusions from a report which was published by the Department for Emergency Situations after four months from the misery where 63 young people died.  The authorities admit that they chose a wrong way of intervention.

In the night of 30th Octomber 2015, the first phone call at 112 was given in less than one minute from the shooting up of the fire from the Colective Club. A huge minus was the fact that the number of the victims was not known from the beginning. 11 minutes later, at the club arrived the first fire crews. At the mentioned address, the rescuers found a closed gate.

“In the future, one must add a required question, whether the access is identical with the address but we cannot rely on the fact that we are going to find out this always. The intervention crews, this is the second measure we want to implement, they have to be continually updated and monitored, so that if the access is modified in an area, to find out in time”, said the MAI’s State Secretary  Raed Aradat, quoted by Digi24.

After four month from the tragedy, the authorities make the balance sheet. One problem from that night was the communication. The crews were alerted individually because on the same frequency it were communicated other emergencies from Bucharest as well. However, Colectiv rescuers had to deal with a disaster.

“If we wanted to have a better organization, we should have an isolated working group to work only on this case and not to mix it with the current cases so that the dispatcher remain in touch with the coordinator of the intervention”, said Raed Arafat.

Bucharest remains the only city in Romania where the fire brigade, the ambulance and SMURD don’t have the headquarters in the same place. The building is finished and the authorities say that this years three structures should move here.

In the night of the tragedy, the hospitals were not ready to receive such a big number of injured people, say the authorities. Around 200 patients were transported by ambulances. Over 500 patients went on their own at the emergency department.

“What we want to happen from now on is that when we identify a situation of collective accident the dispatcher sends directly to hospitals: pay attention, it is possible to receive injured people by their own. To be prepared”, says Raed Arafat.

Another conclusion: Romania needs to sign agreements with other state of United Europe to be able to transfer patients with burns. In present, 13 injured persons are still in hospitals: one is at Floreasca and the others in hospitals from abroad.

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