All residents in canton Aargau have to attend a half day information event on the role of the Civil Defence unit - or they will be fined.
It applies to everyone who’s not in the army – so that includes women and foreigners.
The cantonal parliament backed the enforcement – especially the Swiss People’s Party, the centre party and the Socialists. The Liberals and Greens have their reservations.
It’s hoped the meetings will persuade more people to volunteer.
Anyone who doesn’t go at least once a year could be fined CHF 500.-.