YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– A group of rescuers and municipal workers from France visited Armenia recently as part of the Armenian-French joint emergency management training program. The French specialists arranged training courses for Armenian governors and rescuers of central and regional emergency groups (Siunik–Vayots Dzor–Tavush–Gumri). The trainees will work on probation in France in November.
At the trainees’ graduating ceremony–attended by the French Ambassador to Armenia Michel Legras–the director of the Personnel Training Institute of the State Emergency Management Administration–Hamlet Matevossian–reported that the French side will provide Armenian rescuers with 100 complete sets of equipment in the near future.
The Armenian-French emergency management program has been in effect since last November and will complete in the year 2000. The program also includes training courses for local officials and enterprise managers. The French side is expected to render additional technical assistance to Armenian emergency groups.
The program is being implemented by the Personnel Training Institute of the State Emergency Management Administration of Armenia in cooperation with the French National Institute of Civil Defense. The sponsors of the program are the Council of Europe and the French Government.