– It’s with disappointment that I acquired the message about Arne Pran’s departure. Pran shall be remembered for a very long time within the Armed Forces for his sense of duty and for his dealing with of the Vassdalen accident, says Protection Chief Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.
Pran, who was born in Bergen, attended the infantry faculty in southern Norway in 1957, the Struggle College in 1960, the Military Workers College in 1972 and the Protection School in 1984.
Essential have a look at the Armed Forces
Between 1979 and 1983, Pran was head of the Struggle College. In accordance with the Protection Discussion board, Pran considered with a essential have a look at the authoritarian management model that characterised the Armed Forces within the late 1950s.
– That’s one of the best recommendation I can provide; achieve some expertise and know the place your individuals come from. It’s a good factor to speak to individuals, ask the ridge they’ve had, Pran stated in an interview on the Protection web site in 2018.
When the landslide in Vassdalen in Narvik Municipality came about on March 5, 1986, Pran was the brigade commander in Northern Norway. 16 troopers perished within the landslide. The troop had been within the space from the identical morning as a part of the NATO Anchor Categorical train. Two hours earlier, a warning had been despatched out, however this was not handed on to the engineer troopers within the avalanche space, and the Armed Forces needed to endure a lot criticism.
Took duty as chief
Pran did one thing distinctive on the time by standing up and taking duty as chief, in response to Espen Eidum, who has written the e-book “Vassdalen 1986”.
– In a approach, he served as a lightning rod for the Protection within the Vassdalen accident. He took on a duty that nobody else needed or dared to take. For that, he deserves all of the respect and honor, says Eidum to the Protection Discussion board.
After his profession within the Armed Forces, Pran was amongst different members of the board of the Norwegian Refugee Council and took part in different humanitarian work. He was named First Class Knight of the Order of St. Olav in 2016.