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Representatives of the Pennsylvania National Guard visited the Ministry

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2015 06 11

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Representatives of the Pennsylvania National Guard visited the Ministry
Representatives of the Pennsylvania National Guard visited the Ministry

Today, during the meeting at the ministry of the Interior (MoI), with the Major General James R. Joseph the Adjutant General of the USA Pennsylvania National Guard and the delegation headed by him, potential cooperation with MoI and its subdivisions in the area of crisis management was discussed.

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Vice Minister Artūras Norkevičius who received the guests expressed pleasure at current contacts and experience exchange between the rescue services of the countries – in 2007 the cooperation with the Pennsylvania Extraordinary Situations Management Agency was started. Vice Minister also noted that Lithuania would be interested in the US experience in the crisis management area.

“Today we face new geopolitical challenges which raise new requirements for our services – they must be ready to act in extraordinary conditions, to be capable to manage crises efficiently and to neutralize hybrid threats for our state security. That is why we would greatly appreciate the US experience in the area of crisis management and cooperation between military and civil structures”, – A. Norkevičius said.

Representatives of MoI Public Security Department and subdivisions under MoI – Fire and Rescue Department, Public Security Service, State Border Guard Service, also attended the meeting. James R. Joseph told about the role of Pennsylvania National Guard in crisis management, cooperation with civil structures and special programs designed for that purpose.

During the meeting it was decided to continue cooperation – by means of developing bilateral contacts, learning the US experience in the area of crisis management and specifying needs for trainings in the near future. Also possibilities of arranging special extraordinary situations management exercises in Lithuania will be considered.