Advanced technologies and effective measures in flood risk and vulnerability management were shared at a regional seminar in Hanoi on July 7-8.

At the event held by the Ministry of Public Security and France’s Ministry of Interior, participants from ASEAN countries were introduced to France’s experience and good practices in the field.

Experts from French firms like Airbus Helicopters, Systel SA and Gimaex also presented their civil security services to assist rescue work, including helicopters and vehicles for research and rescue, and communications and warning network.

Officials from rescue and fire fighting forces of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam exchanged the efficient use of flood control services, especially when ASEAN is facing impacts of climate change.

They underscored the significance of well-trained forces with full equipment in search and rescue work.

France, through its Embassy in Hanoi, has taken part in many cooperation programmes with Vietnam and other ASEAN member countries. It has recently appointed a counsellor in charge of civil security in Singapore.

A seminar to present equipment in civil safety and security will also be held in September in Hanoi with the participation of 12 French enterprises specialising in supplying equipment for disaster prevention, search and rescue.-VNA