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CENTRALISATION OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNED

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The European Commission plans to introduce a communication and control ...
The European Commission plans to introduce a communication and control

system for all emergency services across Europe, as part of efforts to

tackle terrorism, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The Oasis initiative will be launched by the EC in September and is expected

to take four years to produce a basic 'interoperable' system. The Today

programme pointed out that in the UK alone, the police, ambulance and army

all use different communications systems.

British involvement in the project will be led by the UK Resilience Centre.

Trevor Taylor, chairman of the centre, told the programme there

could be a need for more centralisation of emergency response. 'When you

look at the possibility of a terrorist attack of a major sort you run into

the fact that two local authorities may have made their own preprations that

are not compatible,' he said. 'That attack could cross their lines of

responsibility. So in looking to decentralise you come up against some

issues about the need to centralise.'

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