At the initiative of Federation lf BiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalić, the Government of FBiH at today’s emergency telephone session, accepting the information about the devastating earthquakes in the areas of Turkey and Syria, tasked the Federal Administration of Civil Protection to urgently organize the sending of aid to Turkey.
The assistance includes part of the 17-member Federal Specialized Rescue (USAR) team as emergency responders, with personal equipment and two search dogs to the earthquake-affected areas who would be airlifted as an emergency.
The rest of this team of 20 members of the unit with the necessary equipment and means for rescuing from the ruins will be sent later by land, the FBiH Government Office for Public Relations announced.
The Government tasked the Federal Administration of Civil Protection and the Federal Headquarters of Civil Protection to coordinate the deployment of the Mountain Rescue Service of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the function of the Federal Protection and Rescue Service to the areas affected by the earthquake in the Republic of Turkey.
The Federal Administration of Civil Protection is in charge of submitting to the Federal Ministry of Finance a request for the allocation of funds from the Current Reserve of the Government of the Federation for the year 2023 to finance the costs of the engagement of federal specialized units and protection and rescue services.
In the information of the Federal Administration of Civil Protection, it was stated that Turkey requested international assistance in the field of search and rescue, and activated the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union, and emergency medical teams, as well as search and rescue teams (MUSAR), are needed most urgently.
The Federal Administration of Civil Protection has organized specialized units designed to carry out more complex rescue interventions that require quick and efficient action to save people’s lives and material goods, and can offer the engagement of a USAR team as assistance.
As the Federal Protection and Rescue Service, the Mountain Rescue Service of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina made available a team of 50 members with two search dogs.
This morning, Prime Minister Novalić, in a telephone conversation with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sadik Babur Girgin, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck that country, and his sympathy with the Turkish people in these difficult times.
On that occasion, he expressed the commitment of the Government of the Federation to provide assistance and make available the human and material and technical capacities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the conversation, he also requested information on the most necessary forms of assistance to the Turkish people, which the Federation could provide at this time, it was announced.