ZAGREB, May 4, 2019 – On the occasion of the Feast Day of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, the Croatian Firefighting Association held a special meeting on Saturday in the town of Marija Bistrica.
Addressing the event, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that the organised firefighting system had been existing in Croatia for some 150 years and added that this was one of the brands that made Croatia recognisable abroad.
“The task of the government is to help upgrade the system, and since large forest fires in 2017, we have been conducting activities and talks to this aim,” Božinović said.
We have decided to connect and coordinate all emergency services so that they can be used most efficiently in cases of great disasters, the minister said.
“Being the strongest and the largest organisation, the Firefighting Association has a special place in that,” he added.
Božinović said that last year, 38 million euro of non-repayable funds from the EU were transferred to Croatia’s firefighting sector for the purchase of vehicles and telecommunication equipment.
The Firefighting Association president, Ante Sanader, said that 60,000 firefighters presented the strength and safety and security for citizens.
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