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Official Arafat: Mountain rescue institution has evolved in the past years

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Raed Arafat

The head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), Secretary of State with the Ministry of Interior Raed Arafat, that Salvamaont (mountain rescue service) has evolved a lot in recent years and is becoming more and more visible in Romania's integrated rescue system.

He underscored the major role of mountain rescuers during the recent floods in Bacau County.

"Their role is extremely important, whether we are talking about Salvamont or Salvaspeo - speleological rescue actions. Recently, the canine component - avalanche dogs - has been added to the mountain rescue. The collaboration with MAI (Ministry of Interior), SMURD, Gendarmerie or ambulance services has led to the improvement of activities in the mountain areas and in saving lives. On Salvamont Day, I wish the public or volunteer services 'Happy Birthday!' Arafat said in a video message posted on Facebook on the occasion of the Mountain Rescue Day, Agerpres informs.

The National Association of Mountain Rescuers in Romania (Salvamont Romania), the only mountain rescue service in our country, marks 52 years of activity under the name of Mountain Rescue and 117 years since the certification of the first organized mountain rescue structures. The day chosen for this anniversary was set for August 1, the beginning of the most difficult month of the year for mountain rescuers, with the most incidents recorded during a year.

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