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Participation of Society in Civil Protection Operations: Review of a 10 Years European Experience

Philippe Chamaret, Jakub Řeháček
Transactions of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Safety Engineering Series
2014, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 32-39
Doi: 10.2478/tvsbses-2014-0009
There are still deficiencies and future possibilities for improvement in the civil protection operations. There is also other side to the incident command system. In recent years it is more and more clear that a participatory and inclusive approaches are needed to the efficiencing of the current system to ensure acceptable level of safety. It is all the more important if the approach from institutional responsibility is being put in contrast to the individual responsibility. This article aims to review current approaches and trends in the participatory field in the civil protection operations. It focus mainly on the possibilities and implications of volunteer work within this framework. Volunteers has different status and possibilities to participate and thus enhance their role in the civil society in the different countries in the EU. Their role differs in two states. One is their solely presence for technical activities and help and second is their participation in decision making, defining a political action. This is a matter for further investigation and also for improvement.
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