Today in Tivat, a solemn donation handover ceremony was held for the “Project of equipping the Municipality of Tivat with equipment for emergency situations”. The valuable donation from the Government of Japan contains 30 firefighting suits, a machine for filling fire extinguishers, as well as a set of rescue equipment (cutter, ripper and telescopic cylinder) and its value is 68,265.00 euros.
Ambassador of Japan in Montenegro H.E. Takahiko Katsumata, together with representatives of the Municipality and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro, visited the Tivat Protection Service and acknowledged the Municipality of Tivat for the successful implementation of the grant.
“With this project, Japanese taxpayers’ money was used for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. Thirty new firefighter uniforms with full equipment will enable the rescue team to safely extinguish fires in residential areas, as well as in mountainous areas. I heard that in the summer months this area suffers from fires, so I hope that the new equipment will help you to deal with emergency situations faster and more efficiently”, said Katsumata.
The President of the Municipality of Tivat Željko Komnenović pointed out that this donation is happening at a time when two members of the Protection Service from Tivat went to help the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and it is the right opportunity to emphasize the necessity of good equipment for the members of this service.
“This is the second donation from the Government of Japan to the municipality of Tivat, and I hope that we will continue our cooperation, and I am glad that this equipment came to the Protection Service after all the procedures,” said Komnenović.
Bojan Ćulafić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, expressed his belief that this donation will help members of the Protection Service to perform their work better, never forgetting humanity and courage as their moral code.
At the press conference held on the occasion of the presentation of the donation, it was pointed out that including these donations, the total amount of Japanese aid through projects for the basic needs of the population (POPOS) in Montenegro since 1999 is over 3 million euros. The total amount of Japanese aid to Montenegro during the same period exceeds 43 million euros.