Search and Rescue Service

Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Central Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Southern Regional Search and Rescue Unit

North Caucasian Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Ural Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Volga Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Siberian Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Far Eastern Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Vytegra Arctic Rescue, Training and Research Center

Baikal Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Southern Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center

State Central Airmobile Rescue Unit

 

Name of the Search and Rescue unit

Location

Number of personnel
(as of 01 March 2017)

Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Unit, including:

Murmansk

32

Vologda Search and Rescue Unit

Vologda

79

Vorkuta Arctic Rescue Center

Vorkuta

22

Murmansk Arctic Search and RescueCenter

Kirovsk

95

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Naryan-mar

40

Novgorod Search and Rescue Unit

Veliky Novgorod

34

Syktyvkar Search and Rescue Unit

Syktyvkar

33

Kaliningrad Region Search and Rescue Unit

Kaliningrad

180

Arkhangelsk Arctic Rescue Center

Arkhangelsk

65

Saint-Petersburg Search and Rescue Unit

The settlement of Murino, Leningrad Region

68

Southern Regional Search and Rescue Unit, including

Sochi

356

Adygea Search and Rescue Unit

Maikop

65

Yeisk Search and Rescue Unit

Yeisk

60

V.M. Narkhov Krasnodar Search and Rescue Unit

Shapsug Base, Adygea

62

Krasnoslobodsk Search and Rescue Unit

Krasnoslobodsk

72

Krymsk Search and Rescue Unit

Krymsk

103

Tuapse Search and Rescue Unit

Tuapse

80

North Caucasian Regional Search and Rescue Unit, including:

The settlement of Inozemtsevo, StavropolTerritory

140

Dagestan Search and Rescue Unit

Makhachkala

71

Ingushetia Search and Rescue Unit

Magas

34

Karachay-Cherkessia Search and Rescue Unit

Cherkessk

102

North Ossetia Search and Rescue Unit

Vladikavkaz

90

Stavropol Search and Rescue Unit

Stavropol

60

Chechnya Search and Rescue Unit

Grozny

50

Elbrus Highlander Search and Rescue Unit

The settlement of Terskol, Elbrus District

90

Volga Regional Search and Rescue Unit, including:

Bor

102

Ufa Search and Rescue Unit

Ufa

53

Kazan Search and Rescue Unit

Kazan

36

Naberezhnye Chelny Search and Rescue Unit

The settlement of Novy, Tatarstan

40

Saransk Search and Rescue Unit

Saransk

43

Ural Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Yekaterinburg

138

Siberian Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Krasnoyarsk

194

Altai Search and Rescue Unit

Gorno-Altaisk

36

Berdsk Search and Rescue Unit

Berdsk

29

V.V. Zyukov North Siberian Search and Rescue Unit

Barnaul

41

Tuva Search and Rescue Unit

Kyzyl

51

South Siberian Search and Rescue Unit

Abakan

89

Dudinka Arctic Search and Rescue Unit

Dudinka

54

Far Eastern Regional Search and Rescue Unit

Khabarovsk

292

Amur Search and Rescue Unit

Blagoveshchensk

32

Vladivostok Search and Rescue Unit

Vladivostok

61

Kamchatka Search and Rescue Unit

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

52

Magadan Search and Rescue Unit

Magadan

32

V.A. Polyakov Sakhalin Search and Rescue Unit

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

142

Khabrovsk Search and Rescue Unit

Komsomolsk-on-Amur

32

Yakutsk Search and Rescue Unit

Yakutsk

56

Nakhodka Search and Rescue Unit (for special underwater operations)

Nakhodka

62

Vytegra Arctic Rescue, Training and Research Center

The settlement of Ustye, Vologda Region

179

Baikal Search and Rescue Unit

The settlement of Nikola, Irkutsk Region

294

Southern Mounted and Dog  Rescue Center, including

Sochi

33

Arkhyz Branch

The settlement of Inozemtsevo, Stavropol Territory

7

Gelendzhik Branch

Gelendzhik

15

Simferopol Branch

Yalta

15

State Central Airmobile Rescue Unit

Zhukovsky

569

Baikal Search and Rescue Unit

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The Transbaikalian Regional Search and Rescue Service, comprised of the Buryatia Republic Search and Rescue Service (Ulan-Ude), Chita Regional Search and Rescue Service (Chita), Irkutsk Regional Search and Rescue Service (Irkutsk), Yakutsk Republican Search and Rescue Service (Yakutsk) were established on the basis of the “Turist” Buryatia Republic Tourist Enterprise, “Yakutturist” Control and Rescue Service, Irkutsk Regional Council for Tourism and Control and Rescue Service, “Chitaturist” Regional Tourist Enterprise in accordance with Order No.528 of the Russian Government of 29 July 1992 and orders of the Emergency Response Commission No 98 of 3 September 1992 and No.150 of 21 October 1992.

The Transbaikalian Regional Search and Rescue Service was reorganized into Irkutsk Regional Search and Rescue Service by Order No.497 of the Emergencies Ministry of 7 August 1997. The Chita Regional Search and Rescue Service was reorganized into Transbaikalian Regional Search and Rescue Service, while Buryatia and Yakutsk Republican Search and Rescue Service remained unchainged.

The Baikal Search and Rescue Unit (hereinafter the BSARU) was established on 1 January 2002 by disestablishment of the Irkutsk Regional Search and Rescue Service, Buryatia Republic Search and Rescue Service and Transbaikalian Search and Rescue Service in accordance with  Order No.375 of the Russian Emergencies Minister “On establishment of the Baikal Search and Rescue Unit” of 30 August 2001. The Unit included Irktusk and Buryatia Search and Rescue Services, located at the settlements of Listvyanka, Slyudyanka, Sakhyurta, Povorot, Severobaikalsk, Ust-Barguzin.

The Buryatia and Irkutsk Search and Rescue Services were excluded from the BSARU by Order No.245 of the Emergencies Ministry of 28 May 2004. As of 1 June 2004, the Unit included divisions in the settlements of Nikola, Slyudyanka, Sakhyurta, Podoloskoye, Severobaikalsk, Ust-Barguzin.

The BSARU base was officially opened in the settlement of Nikola in November 2005

 

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In accordance with the minutes of the meeting of the Commission for certification of emergency rescue services, emergency rescue divisions and rescuers of the Emergency Ministry’s Siberian Regional Center No.4 of 24 May 2013, the BSARU is certified to carry out 2 types of operations during mitigation of emergencies and natural disasters:

- search and rescue operations in the emergency areas;
- rescue operations connected with firefighting.

The BSARU has carried out over 6,000 search and rescue, rescue and other emergency operations since its establishment. More than 2,000 people have been rescued and aid has been provided to more than 5,000 people.

 

 

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Semyon Belokurov

Date of Birth: 24 April 1975

Head of the Unit since December 2013.

The Rescuer Training Center (RTC) was established in 2004 within the BSARU to provide training and advanced training for rescuers from Urals to Far East. In the RTC rescuers are trained at wilderness grounds in maximum realistic settings possible.

In 2014, The Rescuer Training Center of the BSARU was named after the Honored Rescuer of Russia – Alexander Stepanov.

Total strength of the Unit is 326 people

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The BSARU is staffed with experienced, certified rescuers and specialists that can carry out a wide range of tasks. The Unit has necessary equipment and is certified as a search and rescue unit and has a permit to participate in mitigation of emergencies in Lake Baikal and its shoreline and nearby mountains. The territories, protected by the BSARU vary in relief and terrain types. There are a lot of mountains (up to 3,000 meters above sea level) and terrain includes mountain-taiga, steppes, swamps, forests, mountain rivers. The Unit is capable of conducting diving operations in Lake Baikal up to 60 meters deep under water and technical operations up to 200 meters deep under water.

Rescuers are working under most complex conditions. This is why they pay special attention to acquiring new skills and knowledge. Various drills are constantly carried out in the Unit.

In order to prevent any accidents on water, ice, in mountain-taiga and forests, the rescuers implement preventive measures. The Unit’s area of responsibility includes fishers’ sites, recreational facilities on water bodies, rescuers regularly patrol the most popular tourist routes. The tourists are being instructed on water and ice safety during such patrols.

Special attention is given to cadets, university students, school children and children that visit summer camps. Rescuers visit demonstration life safety lessons and tell the children about profession of a rescuer, teach how to render first aid to the injured, tell them about safety rules on water and in forests. Additionally, the BSPO rescuers control provision of safety during sports and other crowded events. BSARU specialists implement over 280 preventive efforts every year.

 

List of phone numbers and addresses of the Baikal Search and Rescue Unit’s search and rescue subunits

The Tsentrospas State Central Airmobile Rescue Team of Russian Emergencies Ministry was established by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation of 13 March 1992.

The main objective of the unit is the rapid response to emergency situations, caused by natural and man-caused accidents, helping people, as well as saving production capabilities.

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The Tsentrospas team operates around the clock. The headquarters of the unit is situated near the Ramenskoye Airfield. The most advanced special equipment at disposal of the unit allows carrying out efficient search and rescue and recovery operations following earthquakes, floods, man-caused disasters and etc.
The unit provides round-the-clock preparedness of rescuers, transport vehicles and equipment for rapid and efficient actions aimed at rescuing of human lives, saving of production capabilities in any part of the Earth. Preparedness to respond to an emergency situation on vehicles is 30 minutes, on helicopter is one hour, and on an airplane is 3 hours.

 

Objectives and activities of the Team

The Tsentrospas Team was established in order to fulfill emergency response functions set to the Emergencies Ministry of Russia.

The Team’s objective is to respond rapidly to natural and man-caused disasters, to mitigate them, to save human lives, to recover material and cultural values, to minimize the damage done to the environment

The Tsentrospas Team is included into:

Forces of the Russian National Emergency Humanitarian Response Corps (by the Order No.1010 of the Government of the Russian Federation of 13 October 1995).

Federal constant preparedness forces of the Single State Disaster Management System (by Order No.924 of the Government of the Russian Federation of 3 August 1996)

Head of Tsentrospas Team Kirill Borodin:

“I’m proud of people, working in the team. We have the best specialists here. I have known many of them for more than 20 years, we are all friends here, and we can say that we christened each others’ children. By the way, many of our specialists’ children are serving in the team now, we have several dynasties here. When you rescue people, you feel useful. This spirit, adrenalin keeps the people in the team. When you love what you do, you will keep doing it”.

The Team performs the following functions at the expense of the federal budget:The Team performs the following functions at the expense of the federal budget:

  • Round-the-clock duty and maintaining constant preparedness of rescuers and other Team’s specialists, including the rescue equipment, transport vehicles, communication and normal-functioning facilities for rapid response to emergencies;
  • Rapid deployment of rescuers and other Team’s specialists;
  • Acts as customs applicant during customs registration of the equipment, temporary brought in to respond to an emergency abroad;
  • Organizing and carrying out top-priority search and rescue, recovery, preventive and other emergency operations in emergency areas in accordance with the Rescue and other emergency operations certificate issued to the Tsentrospas Team, including deployment of UAVs for reconnaissance in emergency areas; conducting of operations featuring air rescue technologies, as well as airmobile insertion of rescuers;
  • Deployment in emergency areas and setting up communications, management, normal-functioning facilities and maintenance of rescue equipment in the field conditions;
  • Evacuation of the injured by helicopters and airplanes;
  • Medical activities in accordance with the issued license, including: rendering of first aid in emergency situations to the injured, deployment and setting up of the Team’s airmobile hospital; medical follow-up of search and rescue teams on duty, engaged into drills, exercises and relief operations; provision of preventive medical support and after-operation rehabilitation of rescuers and other Team’s specialists;
  • Carrying out trial operation and testing of rescue and recovery equipment prototypes, including development and manufacturing of accessories necessary for testing;
  • Organizing of primary training and professional training of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers, firefighters and other specialists of organizations, controlled by the Emergencies Ministry, including internship, seminars, theoretical and practical exercises, drills;
  • Professional training of the Team’s employees in rescuing and certification of rescuers to the First Class Rescuer Degree.

The Team has the following services:

  • Center for internship and professional training for the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers and  specialists of the search and rescue units;
    Center for testing and certification of rescue equipment and technologies;
    Service Center for maintenance and repair of the Emergencies Ministry’s rescue equipment and instruments;

International activities

International activities are carried out in accordance with the Emergency Ministry’s yearly International Cooperation Plans;

The Tsentrospas Team has been certified by INSARAG (Search And Rescue Advisory Group) standards since 1 July 2011.

In 2016 the Tsentrospas Team yet again proved its “heavy” class in the INSARAG system. There are less then two dozen of such units in the world. This is why rescuers from other countries and young specialists undergo training programs and education based on the Tsentrospas guidelines.

The Tsentrospas Team has airmobile hospital at its disposal. In 2016 the hospital was included into the Global Emergency Medical Team Registry of the World Health Organization. This proves that the Tsentropas’ airmobile hospital meets all WHO standards and that the Tsentrospas specialists are ready to render highly qualified medical aid in emergency areas. In December 2016, the airmobile hospital was deployed in Syria. The Russian specialists rendered high-tech medical treatment to more than 1,500 people, who were affected by terrorists’ shelling. The Russian Emergencies Ministry donated the airmobile hospital to the Syrian doctors upon ending the humanitarian operation.

Vehicles and equipment

The Tsentrospas Team has modern rescue and recovery equipment at its disposal, which includes transportation vehicles, rigid modular boats, inflatable boats, diving equipment (diving suits, one-piece diving suits, Falcon unmanned submarines), equipment for dealing with emergencies caused by chemicals (isolating suits, breathing apparatuses, degassing complexes, chemical and radiation contamination control equipment). The Team also has different kinds of rescue equipment (hydraulic, pneumatic), search equipment (radar, acoustic, video surveillance, GPS), insertion equipment (parachutes, P-7 multi-parachute insertion platforms, PGS-100 platforms), as well as communication equipment (mobile satellite communication, shortwave radio, ultra short band radio stations), stationary and mobile decompression systems and other equipment, which provides autonomous operation of the Team.

The airmobile hospital is equipped with necessary equipment, including resuscitation modules for planes and helicopters for medical evacuation of the injured.

The Tsentrospas Team uses unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the emergency areas and conduct search operations.

Special capabilities

The Tsentrospas team uses unique Global Radius technology. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76TD plane delivers MBB Bo 105 light helicopter to an emergency area to monitor the affected area and immediately assess the scale of an emergency, damage done to the environment and assess the scale of necessary relief operations. The Global Radius technology implies simplified flight path approvals and VISAs for rescuers in order to provide immediate dispatch of the team (3-hour readiness for take off). The Russian Emergencies Ministry can also deploy this technology in the emergency areas at the UN’s request.

Location: Vologda Region, Vytegra District, the settlement of Andomskoye, Lake Onega.

The Vytegra Arctic Rescue, Training and Research Center was established by Order No.334 of the Emergencies Ministry “On establishment of the Vytegra Arctic Rescue, Training and Research Center on the base of the branch of the Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Unit” of 01 July 2014. The Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Unit was established on 29 May 2009.

Main activities:

- Professional training and advanced training programs for the Emergencies Ministry’s employees;
- Provision of preparedness to respond on emergencies in Northwestern Federal District and in the Arctic;
- Medical rehabilitation of the Emergencies Ministry’s employees, redponders, people, who work in adverse conditions;
- Research in the field of new training methods, testing of rescue equipment and means of protection.

Staffing:

The Center is staffed by 190 people, including: senior management – 3 people, response units – 79 people, rehabilitation center – 36 people, logistics units – 18 people, Training and Research Center – 54 people.

The Center is equipped with necessary equipment to carry out its tasks (104 units in all):

- vehicles and all-terrain vehicles (73 units), including snowmobiles (9 units) and quad-bikes (6 units);
- small boats (12 units);
- all-season vehicles (airboat Piranya – 1 unit), Argo hovercraft – 1 unit;
- specialized vehicles for rescue operations (MAZ-6923 KS 6473 truck mounted crane – 1 unit, V-140 loader, URAL 45289 dump truck – 1 unit);
- transport vehicles (buses – 6 units, ambulance cars – 2 units);
- specialized equipment (Arnega-MD monitoring complex based on DJ Phantom 3 Advanced Drone – 1 unit; side scanning sonar – 3 units, decompression chamber – 1 unit, Falcon underwater robotics complex – 1 unit).

Since the establishment, the units of the Center were dispatched to 1,828 search and rescue operations, including 880 man-caused emergencies, 620 natural disasters and 320 in housing blocks. Aid was provided to 5,200 people. More than 1,000 preventive efforts were carried out.

The Search and Rescue Service is certified to carry out the following operations in accordance with the certificate for search and rescue operations issued on 24 December 2014:

- Search and rescue operations;
- Gas rescue operations;
- Rescue operations in fires.

Additional capabilities of the search and rescue service:

  1. Deepwater diving operations. Specialized Falcon robotics complex is used to carry out underwater operations up to 300 meters deep.
  2. Oil and petroleum products spillage mitigation.
  3. Firefighting.
  4. Transportation of cargo from and onto Beriyev Be-200ChS planes;
  5. Search and Rescue Operations featuring search dog units (3 units);
  6. Delivery of rescuers via rappelling.
  7. Provision of safety in the Arctic by Search and Rescue Units on a rotational basis.

All educational activities are carried out by the structural division – the Center for Education and Science in accordance with the License issued by the Education Department of Vologda on 23 December 2014.

 Since 2009 the Center has trained 4,544 specialists in the following professions and specialties: Rescuer (3, 2, 1 Class), Gas Rescuer, Diver, Industrial Climber, Small Vessels Navigation (in inland waterways and sea routes), Oil and Petroleum Products Spillage Mitigation, Rescue Operations during Traffic Accidents, Training of rescuers to use individual breathing equipment, Rappelling Specialist, Search and Rescue Operations in the Arctic. Unconventional small vessels navigation, Sail and Motor vessel navigation, UAV handling courses are planned to be introduced.

The Center has a research and education department to carry out researches in its field, experimental training programs, introduce new and innovative educational methods and develop new educational guidelines and recommendations.

In 2016, the Center was included into the Emergencies Ministry’s Research and Development Plan with research in Development of the Emergencies Ministry’s Arctic Centers up to 2020, prototype of the deployable heating station during mitigation of emergencies in the Arctic. Additionally, according to the Federal Traffic Safety Program 2013-2020 it is planned to supply all specialized fire and rescue stations of the Emergencies Ministry with fire and rescue vehicles equipped with medical modules for response to traffic accidents.

Currently the Center’s rehabilitation department is being licensed and its programs are being approved.

At the moment, rehabilitation department of the Center is undergoing certification process, rehabilitation programs are being approved.

In accordance with the minutes of the meeting No.2-4-28-1 of 21 March 2016 of the Emergencies Ministry and the Government of Vologda Region, the airport of the town of Vytegra is being transferred to the federal ownership of the Emergencies Ministry.

Following social events are being held in the Center: Society for Safety Forum of the Emergencies Ministry and Non-Governmental Organizations, the Arctic – Territory of Safety All-Russian Science Conference of the Emergencies Ministry, Regional competitions in fire-fighting sport for search and rescue units for the Cup of the Honored Rescuer, the Hero of Russia Yuri Vorobyov, and other events.

The very first mounted units in the Emergencies Ministry were created in 2006. A mounted and dog search and rescue unit was created in the Southern Regional Search and Rescue Unit and as early in 2014, it was reorganized into the Southern Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center. The following mounted search and rescue division were establishing within this period:

Nikolskoye Search and Rescue division of the Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Unit,

Vytegra Arctic Rescue, Training and Research Center;

Ural Regional Search and Rescue Unit;

South-Siberian and Altai Search and Rescue Units of the Siberian Regional Search and Rescue Unit

As of today, there are 7 mounted divisions (including the Southern Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center and its 3 branches) with 70 horses in total.

Mounted units effectively perform the following tasks:

1. search operations in remote areas, rugged terrain, forests and mountains, shorelines, fields with dense vegetation and other terrains;

2. examining of large territories, fast delivery of cargo to the emergency areas (medicines, foodstuffs, etc);

3. safe evacuation of the injured that are in need of urgent medical aid from emergency scenes to areas, accessible to vehicles;

4. Hiking trail patrol duty;

5. promotion of a profession of a rescuer among children and teenagers via exhibition shows, giving tours of the divisions, horse rides, demonstration lessons in schools and other educational facilities.

In 2016, mounted units were featured in more than 30 search and rescue operations, additionally, mounted unit specialists took part in the XVIII Hipposphere International Equestrian Exhibition, shows at the Integrated Safety and Security – 2016 Exhibition, the Day of the Emergencies Ministry celebrations in the Orlyonok Children`s Center in the town of Zvenigorod.

 

Southern Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center of the Emergencies Ministry

Reception room – 8(862) 296-51-19

Fax – 8(862) 296-50-01

E-mail: ukksc.priem@yandex.ru .

Mail address: Kropotkinskaya ul. 17A, the settlement of Akhshtyr, Sochi, Krasnodarsky Krai, postcode 354353, Russia

Head of the Center: Anastasia Titovets

The Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center is located in the settlement of Akhstyr in Krasnodar Territory. The Center has its branches in the Ciscaucasia and Crimea.

The Center was significantly improved just before the Olympic Games, joining mounted and search dog units into one building. All the necessary equipment and structures were built: horse stable with 20 horseboxes with automated feeding and rubber floor, horse bathing stations, solarium for horses, indoor and outdoor riding-halls, exercise yards, recreational areas, shower rooms, guarded parking lot, dog kennels, and video surveillance. The center occupies about two thousand square meters of area.

Today the Center hosts sports and cultural events. It also has a horse-riding school for children and organizes horse walks across popular tourist routes.

International tourist routes, such as route from Arkhyz to Krasnaya Polyana and other spectacular horse riding routes across Krasnaya Polyana are planned to be set up.

The Center is planning to host tourist meetings, festivals and holidays, open dog and horse training lessons, as well as equine- and dog-assisted therapies for children with disabilities.

The Simferopol Branch of the Center is on duty in the Artek International Children’s Camp, while the Gelendzhik Branch protects the safety of children in the Orlyonok All-Russian Children`s Center during the summer holiday season.

The Center carries out the following activities with the children in the summer camps:

Horse riding lessons;

First aid training and basic mountaineering courses;

Basics of rescue featuring search dog units;

Escorting children tourist groups in the mountains.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service is a subordinate institution of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations.

The Search and Rescue Service of the Emergencies Ministry is comprised of 8 regional search and rescue units, 38 branches (10 for search and rescue on water bodies), the Baikal Search and Rescue Unit, the Tsentrospas Team, the Vytegra Arctic Training and Rescue Center, the Southern Mounted and Dog Search and Rescue Center (with branches in Gelendzhik, Arkhyz and Simferopol).

The Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service is comprised of managing bodies, search and rescue units and logistics divisions. The service that has a Regional Search and Rescue Unit at its disposal serves as the basic unit for this region. The Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service follows laws and legal acts of the Russian Federation, constituents of Russia, legal acts of the Emergencies Ministry, Regional Centers of the Emergencies Ministry and the Search and Rescue Service Article.

The Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service carries out its activities under direct control of the Emergencies Ministry’s Regional Centers, as well as in cooperation with executive authorities of constituent entities of Russia and local governments authorized to resolve tasks in the field of protection of the population and territories against emergencies and is included into functional subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System (hereinafter SSDMS).

The Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service is a legal entity that has a settlement account in a bank, independent balance, a stamp with the name of the organization and can close transactions, allowed by the laws and that correspond to the activities of the Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service.

Main tasks of the Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service are the following:

Keeping managing bodies, personnel and equipment of search and rescue units in constant preparedness to resolve set tasks;

To control preparedness of protected facilities and territories for mitigation of emergencies;

Organizing and carrying out of search and rescue operations during natural disasters and man-caused emergencies.

In order to complete set tasks, the Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service are able to:

- Create necessary material and technical base;

- Draft operative documents on organizing and carrying out of search and rescue operation in accordance with the tasks;

- Organize training, retraining and vocational education for employees of the Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service;

- Organize training for rescuers and search and rescue units for certification that allows carrying out search and rescue operations;

- Be involved into rehabilitation, legal and social protection of the Emergencies Ministry’s Search and Rescue Service employees and their families;

- Share experience with other, including foreign, rescue services and units;

- Take part in development of plans on prevention and mitigation of emergencies in Russia with executive authorities;

- Take part in training of rescuers of public rescue units (public-rescuers);

- Instruct the population on how to behave in the event of emergency.

Full list of tasks and functions set to a particular Search and Rescue Unit is drafted by Regional Centers and Civil Defense and Emergency Situations Managing Bodies by agreement with the Emergencies Ministry, in accordance with the powers and stated in the Articles of a particular Unit.