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Tuesday, August 2
Training Courses for Rescuers

Approximately 150 Resource Officers from Educational Institutions are taking a two-week training course for rescuers at the Tbilisi Sea, 24 Hours reports. The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Dimitri Shashkini, and the Rector of the Police Academy under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Khatia Dekanoidze, observed the training process at Tbilisi Sea.

Resource Officers have been selected for these trainings according to their aptitudes in sports, and are trained by specialists from the Rescuers Training Center of the Emergency Management Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They learn how to act in case of radiation, chemical and biological disasters as well as floods, taking rescue courses on the Aragvi River. They are trained in First Aid techniques as well as rescue efforts for traffic accidents, fire, earthquake, floods and landslides.

Will 033 require payment?

Kviris Palitra reports that the emergency service number 033 may no longer be free of charge. This information emerged after emergency service was granted the status of Legal entity of Public law which means it is a private company. However the press service of Emergency Services strongly denies this information saying that the 033 call service is free and will stay as such in the future. “Emergency services will continue to be free and we cannot explain why such information has been released." They added that the new legal status was decided because this sphere requires innovation and development to improve quality service.