Minister for Gozo pays official visit to the ERRC Headquarters
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has made an official visit to the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps Headquarters in Xewkija, Gozo.
The Emergency Response and Rescue Corps (ERRC) is a voluntary, charitable, non-profit organisation whose main purpose is to prevent and facilitate emergency situations involving people at risk.
The ERRC provides a number of services such as first aid training, firefighting, medical assistance at large gatherings, as well as to train children and young people in the cadet section in various cores that are needed in first aid etc.
The Minister for Gozo said that one of the most useful services provided the ERRC is lifeguarding and rescue at beaches in Gozo and Comino where it provides an average of over two thousand medical interventions per year to swimmers while also collaborating closely with the Gozo General Hospital, the AFM and the Police.
During the visit, the ERRC had the opportunity to show Minister Caruana the equipment they use in rescue missions. Dr Caruana also met with members of the ERRC, from the young cadets to the highest representatives.
The Minister praised the work of the ERRC, saying that they are the main point of response and rescue in our beaches.
She added that their importance does not only occur during the emergency and rescue but also while supervising our beaches. And in the words of the Minister, “they are serving as the Gozo Coast Guard.”
She said that their importance has been extended to Comino and now, while expressing great satisfaction, Dr Caruana announced that Dwejra will have a representation of the ERRC, so that they can also protect the people who are swimming in that area during the season.
Minister Justyne Caruana said that the Ministry for Gozo will be financing the facilities in Dwejra so that the ERRC are able to operate better. Dr Caruana mentioned that the Ministry is ready to support the ERRC to enable it to continue to expand and develop.