President wants sub-districts to have forest fire command posts

 President wants sub-districts to have forest fire command posts

13 August 2016

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Indonesia —   Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked all relevant agencies to set up land and forest fire command posts up to a sub-district level to prevent and handle land and forest fires.

“The president has asked all ranks and files including the Home Affairs Ministry, the National Defense Forces, and the National Police to make every effort to set up command posts at a sub-district level,” Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said in a press conference after a limited cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace here on Friday.

Pramono said on Friday evening, President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla chaired two limited cabinet meetings. The first meeting discussed land and forest fire control and the second meeting discussed the establishment of more state-owned holding companies.

“The president has reminded all ranks and files of the need to take steps as early as possible to prevent a recurrence of the 2015 land and forest fires,” he said.

Therefore, they must prepare an early warning system from now on to detect any sign of land and forest fires. As the satellite can detect the land and forest fires, they can take preventive measures from the beginning, he said.

Based on the satellite image, land and forest fires can be handled under the coordination of the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs and the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, he said.(*)

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