The federal government could require mandatory training for civil defense

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Winfried Kretschmann (3rd from left, Greens), Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, and Thomas Strobl (2nd from right, CDU), Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg, learn more from Deputy District Administrator Markus Möller (l), Ralf Ziegler, District Fire Chief Alb-Donau-Kreis (2nd from left) and Tübingen District President Klaus Tappeser (r) about the threat to critical infrastructure caused by flooding at a substation. /image alliance, Stefan Puchner

Berlin – Although disaster management in Germany is the responsibility of the states, the federal government could impose better crisis management training for mayors and district administrators. The Bundestag’s Science Service comes to this conclusion in a report on the current situation regarding further training in civil defence.

It is stated that it would be conceivable to issue instructions to the highest state authorities to only deploy and provide additional training to civil defence personnel who have the disaster control training required by the relevant state law.

The federal government is not authorized to intervene directly at the local level. However, the Scientific Service continues: “The federal government can generally impose the obligation on the states, which in turn regulate the responsibility themselves in more detail and can also transfer it to the municipalities.”

In Germany, the federal government is responsible for civil protection, i.e. the protection of the civilian population in the event of war or tension. The states are responsible for disaster control.

The Academy of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (BBK) offers seminars and courses open to all people with local responsibility. What they learn and practice should enable them to act quickly and correctly in a crisis, regardless of whether the trigger is a natural disaster, a major fire in an industrial facility or a military attack.

Participation is voluntary for you. The educational content includes, among others, “Implementation of emergency drinking water supply” or “Biological risks – bacteria, viruses and parasites”. Leon Eckert, who is responsible for civil protection issues in the Green parliamentary group, believes that mandatory participation makes sense.

“Mandatory training for local election officials in district offices and city councils is an important step towards achieving uniform standards and processes for civil protection and thus establishing a good level of preparedness at all levels,” he said. © dpa/aerzteblatt.de

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