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12.-14.5. 2011

International Fair for Fire Fighting Equipment, Security Technology and Services

Major General Štěpán: If there were no risks, the fair would not be necessary


International Fair for Fire and Security Technology PYROS / ISET was ceremonially launched in Hall F, which contains a concentration of exhibition stands of 179 participating companies from 21 countries. Some of them exhibit on the adjacent outdoor areas. The opening was attended by top representatives of fire fighting and police forces.

"It is appropriate to recall that it has been exactly 40 years since our predecessors began to wonder whether it was appropriate to make an exhibition of fire and safety equipment. In 1972 we held the first PYROS in the world. This exhibition is currently one of the most prestigious and biggest events in Eastern Europe. Originally it was a contractual exhibition, which is no longer valid," said Major General Miroslav Štěpán, general manager of the General Directorate of Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic.

Yet, according to him it is still important to meet on the occasion of the fair, because it is a meeting of the professional public, even together with the general public. Experts from various fields share experiences and knowledge at the Exhibition Centre. "Even the accompanying programme is important. If there was no risk, there would not be a trade fair. We encounter risks every day, be it natural disasters or terrorism. The Czech Republic has been exposed to these calamities and trials, where technology and its operators play an important role. There are also technical risks sometimes due to negligence and sometimes by failure of equipment,” said the Major General. In this connection, he recalled the recent fire in Technoplast Chropyně whose scope was ominously recorded in the modern history of the country with the figures of deployed fire fighters, police and other emergency services.

"I am glad that this year’s edition, even though we find ourselves in a time of crisis, does not experience a big drop in the number of exhibitors. There are 179 companies from 21 countries presented. This proves that the fair has its importance for security forces. We are currently in a period with a lack of funding. Therefore, we must prepare for a period when it will be available, that is to present technologies and choose what we buy, when the financial situation improves. We are here to see what is new in our industry. We can discuss with manufacturers with impunity and without affliction at the fair. Once a tender is listed, we cannot do it anymore. Take advantage of this opportunity," added Major General Štěpán.

Colonel Tomáš Kužela, Director of the South Moravian regional Police directorate said that police are primarily dealing with international terrorism and organized crime during this period. This requires both a suitable legislative environment as well as technology, weapons and equipment. "Police cannot be left behind in equipment, or they lose contact with people who commit this extremely serious crime. It could not be well prepared to fight crime and its consequences that subsequently arise. I am convinced that the Czech Police financial situation will improve, in order to equip the security forces and keep pace with those who want to harm our country. In this context, the damage is far greater than what the state gives to the police, fire fighters and other security forces," stated Col. Kužela.

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