The Chilean Government praises high efficiency of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 plane in fighting wildfires and considers that Russian plane excels others at that task.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 plane participates in fire fighting operation in Chile since 30 January by request of the Chilean Government. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s task group that coordinates fire fighting operation has visited the National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI). The Director of the Chilean rescue agency Ricardo Toro expressed his gratitude to Russia for provided aid.
“Your aid is ideal for our country, as it is on point and efficient. The efficiency of your plane excels all other planes, that’s why we will ask you to continue the operation”, said Ricardo Toro.
Further actions on fire fighting of wildfires were discussed during the working meetins, as well as sides exchanged contact info for rapid data exchange between the Russian Emergencies Ministry and ONEMI. The Head of the Emergencies Ministry’s task group Aleksandr Markov invited Ricardo Toro and his employees to visit Moscow to examine the capabilities of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s National Crisis Management Center and take part in the Integrated Safety and Security 2017 Exhibition as the observer.
Since the beginning of the fire fighting operation, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane carried out 20 flights and dumped more 840,000 of liters of water on burning forests. Professional actions of Russian crew prevented spread of fire to 7 settlements - Portosuello, Navidad, Concepción, San Javier, San Juan, Talami and Quilpué with the total population of more than 182,000 people.
Thanks to Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane it was possible to take under control a wildfire in rough terrain area near the town of San-Antonio and prevent fire from spreading towards the city of Quilpué with the population of more than 126,000 people.
the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s National Crisis Management Center monitors fire situation in Chile via satellites. This allows determining the cause of fire, its coordinates and imitating its further spread, considering nearby settlements and terrain. Satellite images, development imitation and other urgent information is passed in Russian, Spanish and English languages to the reaction group of the Emergencies Ministry and the National Center for Coordination of Fire Fighting, attached to the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile. Chilean colleagues already noted high informative value and relevance of the data, received from satellite images.
Chilean Government praises high efficiency of Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane in fighting wildfires