In preparation for the G20 summit slated to take place in Seoul this November, the National Emergency Management Agency and Gangnam district carried out a disaster prevention exercise on Friday.
The exercise took place at one of Korea's biggest convention halls, COEX, where leaders of the G20 member nations will gather in six months to discuss various global issues.
It focused on effectively countering actual emergency situations with simulations of fire, terrorism and chemical, biological and radiological attacks and establishing a systematic cooperation plan for the upcoming international event.
[Interview : Park Yeon-soo, Administrator
National Emergency Management Agency] "Many institutions gathered today to carry out a simulation safety exercise before the G20 summit. We will be making adjustments after taking into account the evaluation for today's practice for perfect preparation for the international meeting."
The drill consisted of four stages: arresting suspected terrorists, evacuating people from a chemical terror attack, rescuing victims from fire and explosion and lastly the emergency restoration of facilities damaged by such disasters.
More than 750 personnel from 27 related organizations including police, military and fire departments participated and 77 kinds of special equipment such as firefighting helicopters and toxic elimination devices were used for the exercise.
And a group comprised of 12 experts and citizens assessed the whole process and provided objective evaluations directly at the site.
[Interview : Min Se-hong, Professor
Kyungwon University] "It was more organized and well prepared compared to last year. And I hope the participation of a civil evaluation team in the practice this year will lead to the participation of a wider range of people."
Prime Minister Chung Un-chan also attended the event to encourage related officials preparing for a safe and successful G20 meeting.
[Reporter : Eoh Jin-joo
firstname.lastname@example.org] "Amid heightening concerns over security and safety especially after the sinking of the South Korean vessel Cheonan officials at the National Emergency Management Agency plans to develop a comprehensive disaster confrontation system that will secure the country and its people from any kind of threat.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News."