The Ministry for Emergency Situations has held today a board meeting chaired by Minister Vladimir Puchkov to discuss improvement of educational activity of the Ministry and aerial rescue technologies and terms of further development of the Russian-Armenian Humanitarian Center. The board also assessed the implementation of the 2016 re-equipment plan.
Discussing the results of the 2016 Emergency Ministry’s re-equipment plan the board noted that the equipment and gear were provided in accordance with the plan.
Minister Vladimir Puchkov said that in 2016, the Ministry was supplying its divisions with equipment in line with the Plan for building and developing forces and facilities of the Emergency Ministry 2016-2020 approved by the Presidential Decree of 22 December 2015 and the emergency response tasks set for the Ministry.
“The 2016 re-equipment plan has been implemented. Response units receive the world’s best equipment and gear in terms of quality-price ration. We are going to keep on purchasing equipment on an absolutely new level in 2017. We need new robotics, UAVs and modern firefighting equipment. We need a rescued of the 21st century in appropriate gear and armed with high-tech tools,” Mr. Puchkov said.
In 2017, Ministry’s response divisions are planned to be equipped on an absolutely new level. The 3-year budget provides medium-term prospect for planning to equip Ministry’s forces following prioritized areas. In addition, a principle of distributing funds according to needs of response divisions has been applied until now, while in 2017, as well as in 2018 and 2019, a new principle of managing the results will be used which is fixed on getting a certain result considering the current equipment the divisions have, anticipated regional risks and most important federal missions.
To enhance efficiency of providing Ministry’s territorial offices, institutions and organizations with equipment, an analysis has been made to see the current technical level of Ministry’s divisions and a calculation of indicators of the late-2016 technological level has shown the highest level of adopting cutting-edge high-tech equipment:
- Rescue military units have 55% of modern equipment (against planned 43% from the total amount of equipment and gear);
- Search and rescue divisions have 87% of modern equipment (against planned 81%);
- Firefighting units have 86% of modern equipment (against planned 85%).
The board pointed out that the task of improving Ministry’s educational system, which should take professional training of Ministry’s specialists to a new level, is becoming more and more pressing. At present, the Ministry has 7 higher education institutions and 20 training centers of the federal fire service.
“The current training system provides for continuous education of employees, military servants, civil employees and workers of the Emergency Ministry's system, federal exeuctive authorities, enterprises, institutions and organizations in the area of civil defense, fire safety, protection of people and territories against natural and man-caused disasters, and water safety,” Mr. Puchkov said and added that it was necessary to focus on core activities of Emergency Ministry’s universities and to move on to European form of education (4 years of undergraduate studies and 2 years of MA course).
Each year about 50 thousand people are trained in Emergency Ministry educational facilities, more than 13 thousand of them under higher education programs and 37 thousand under additional professional education programs.
Ministry’s structural divisions, including its network of universities are being optimized to boost efficiency of Emergency Ministry’s performance under modern socioeconomic conditions.
The Emergency Ministry’s State Fire Service Institute of Voronezh is going to be reorganized to become a branch of the Ivanovo Fire and Rescue Academy of the Emergency Ministry’s State Fire Service.
At the same time the Murmansk branch of the Emergency Ministry’s State Fire Service University of Saint Petersburg will be restructured.
These steps are going to help optimize expenses on maintaining the network of the Emergency Ministry’s educational facilities with meeting all the commitments to the students and provide additional social support to professors.
The board noted that the main principle of developing Ministry’s educational facilities was raising their competitiveness on Russian and international levels.
“More successful adaptation of graduates from Emergency Ministry’s universities to new service conditions and their professional development takes responsible attitude to organization of tutorship of young specialists graduating from Ministry’s educational facilities. To do that we need to involve most experienced employees with high results, who have authority in their teams and who display aptitude in educational work,” Mr. Puchkov said.
Discussing the development of aerial rescue technologies in the Emergency Ministry, the board noted that aerial rescue divisions have enough flight and engineering personnel, as well as aircraft to provide aerial support to Emergency Ministry’s forces and facilities.
At the same time, an analysis of the use of regional aerial rescue centers to respond to disasters and to fight wildfires has shown that the fleet has to receive new modern Russian-made aircraft capable of operating in different weather conditions at unequipped unpaved and ice-covered airfields.
An analysis of large-scale disasters in Russia has shown the highest chance of such events to happen in Siberian and Far Easter Federal Districts which deploy a lot of aircraft to respond to emergencies. This is why members of the board approved creation of a comprehensive aerial rescue center in the city of Krasnoyarsk by uniting the Ural and the Krasnoyarsk aerial rescue centers and by reinforcing it by an Ilyushin Il-76TD plane, a Mil Mi-8MTV1 helicopter and a Mil Mi-8AMT supplied to the Emergency Ministry in 2016, and two Beriyev Be-200ChS planes delivered in 2017.
“This will shorten the time needed to respond to emergency situations, enhance efficiency of the use of aerial rescue technologies during response operations and fighting wildfires both in Russia and abroad,” the Minister said and ordered that rescue aircraft should be provided with modern servicing and that efficient workload of flight personnel should be looked into.
The board also discussed the implementation of Emergency Ministry’s capital construction plan 2017 and the planned period of 2018 and 2019. The project of constructing (reconstructing) Emergency Ministry’s buildings submitted for approval has been made in accordance with the amount of funds allocated from the Russian budget for 2017 and the planned period of 2018 and 2019 and the approved state defense order. It meets the approaches to building the federal budget passed at the meeting of the Russian Government on 7 July 2016.
The steps of the construction (reconstruction) plan are aimed at higher preparedness of Emergency Ministry’s response units, create conditions for systematic provision of all categories of the personnel with temporary and permanent housing, as well as implement the approaches to higher efficiency of expenses of the federal budget and reduced current costs.
The board then discussed further development of the Russian-Armenian Humanitarian Center. The Center was opened in the city of Yerevan on 18 March 2016 and there is an intergovernmental agreement on terms of staying, privileges and immunities of the Russian team of the Center.
The development of the Center is one of priorities of the Emergency Ministry’s international activities which provides for creating response and training humanitarian centers. This field allows realizing potential of investigational response and ensuring prerequisites to long-term Russian humanitarian presence in Transcaucasia using mechanisms of assisting international development.
Members of the board positively appreciated the work done to build the international legal framework and to develop the Russian-Armenian Humanitarian Center.