Cyprus Mail

Public want emergency response to focus on fires and pandemics

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A poll carried out by the Civil Defence and published on Monday show that Cypriots think the most urgent emergency response should be reserved for forest fires, followed by pandemics, marine pollution and water scarcity.

Earthquakes, tsunamis and floods were also mentioned by people to a lesser extent.

The results of the poll were published after questioning 600 random people and after the Civil Defence set up focus groups in cooperation with market research company IMR and the University of Nicosia.

People have also ranked the effectiveness of essential emergency services, with the fire department getting the most accolades, followed by the forestry department, the hospitals, the Civil Defence itself and the police.

The church and the local government ranked in the last two spots on the list.

Fifty-nine per cent of those who took part in the poll and volunteered in activities organised by the Civil Defence said the skills acquired during those activities are useful, particularly regarding first aid and self-protection.

Civil Defence chief Kyriakos Hadjigeorgiou said the results of the poll might lead to a restructuring of the organisation, with the intention of attracting new volunteers.

“The Civil Defence has gained rich experience in recent years from the implementation of European programmes, thanks to which it achieved crucial know-how, the acquisition of modern equipment and other significant resources,” he said.

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