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September 8, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Armenia: Contributing to human safety in rural areas through the provision of fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment

photosigning ceremony

On September 7, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan to provide grant aid of up to 1.54 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of Fire Fighting Equipment.

By providing fire trucks and equipment to Lori, Shirak and Syunik Provinces in Armenia, the project will improve the capacity to perform fire-fighting and life-saving activities, thereby contributing to human safety in the target regions.

Most of the fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment in the rural regions of Armenia were deployed during the period of the Former Soviet Union of the 1980s and have deteriorated severely. Moreover, due to inadequate maintenance facilities, when a fire or natural disaster breaks out, more than 10 minutes elapse for a fire truck can be mobilized by the crisis management center that centrally aggregates information and issues a fire truck dispatch command. This inability to properly fight fires and save lives is an impediment to human safety.

The city of Gyumri, Shirak, is located in the target region, and despite being the second largest city in the country, Gyumri lacks adequate ladder fire trucks and other equipment required to fight urban disasters. In Lori and Syunik Provinces, forest fires often break out due to fire-fallow cultivation that is practiced there, but deterioration of the fire trucks has left them functionally deficient and slow in mobilizing, resulting in widespread damage due to the inability to quickly respond to fires. In addition, there are many hills in the target region due to elevation differences in Armenia, and there are cases in which the existing fire trucks have deteriorated to the point they cannot climb hills to reach their destination or break down when mobilizing.

It is estimated that the project will reduce the amount of time it takes from the dispatch order until fire truck mobilization from more than 10 minutes to under one minute. This is expected to make prompt fire fighting and life saving activities possible, making residents safer and more secure in the target region.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Armenia
Project title The Project for Improvement of Fire Fighting Equipment
Planned implementation period 23 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Rescue Service, Minister of Emergency Situations
Target region, facilities Lori, Shirak and Syunik Provinces
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Pumpers with water tank (36 with a 3,500-L water capacity), ladder fire trucks (three with at least 25-m ladders), one mobile work vehicle, spare parts, others
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, procurement supervision, (as guidance in managing the equipment) guidance in safety management and fire-fighting technology for fire fighters


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