The city of Sochi has become today a venue for a meeting of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission led by Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov. The Commission discussed ensuring security during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup due next summer.
The Minister noted that the Emergency Ministry and the Single State Disaster Management System (SSDMS) were ready to ensure security during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
“SSMDS subsystems, Emergency Ministry’s management bodies, forces and facilities are ready to testing events and to the Confederations Cup,” Mr. Puchkov said following an on-site meeting of the Governmental Commission.
He also added that there were a number of issues that needed to be tackled together with the FIFA Organising Committee.
“I am asking to check on the quality of preparation for the cup and monitor all issues during testing matches,” the Minister said. “All venues: stadiums, practice grounds, transport infrastructure should be ready to the event.”
Sochi is an area protected from typical risks and covered by a multipurpose team of fire and rescue and emergency rescue units.
More than 3,000 firemen and rescuers will be ensuring security of the Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in southern Russia. More than 900 people and more than 130 pieces of equipment are going to protect venues in Sochi, more than 1.2 thousand people and 200 pieces of equipment in Volgograd and more than 650 people and 200 pieces of equipment in Rostov-on-Don.
Some additional divisions of the Emergency Ministry located in southern Russia were supplied with modern equipment: 100% of their vehicles were renewed, 30% of the equipment is innovations. The divisions will also have 126 pieces of equipment of different purposes, including 50 pieces of fire and rescue equipment and 26 snow and marsh buggies. In December 2016, the fleet of aircraft of the Emergency Ministry’s Southern Regional Center received two new Mil Mi-8 helicopters and a Beriyev Be-200 ChS plane.
Mr. Puchkov ordered tactics special exercises together with the Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service, Health Ministry and FIFA.
“We should have a clear practiced protocol for emergencies,” the Minister said.
Before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup the Emergency Ministry’s team is going to take part in six tabletop emergency response drills and exercises, including a natural and man-caused interregional and federal disasters response exercise planned for April 2017.
In addition, during the preparation the staff participated in 41 preparatory events, including 30 fire tactics sessions going over fire suppression plans and evacuation drills at venues involved in the Cup.
The team is going to cover 12 sports venues in Sochi. Those include the Fisht stadium with a total capacity of 45 thousand people, four hotels, 6 transport facilities and a fun area (Southern Mall, Central Sochi).
There are 32 venues in Saint Petersburg that have had all necessary inspections which revealed fire safety breaches at 9 of them.
The Minister ordered the National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) to monitor, forecast and handle risks and different threats in regions of the country that were going to host the Confederations Cup and to additionally notify the population.
“People should know the schedule of the events and the time of traffic restrictions. I am also asking to get people aware that on the days of the competition they should restrain from visiting these or those sites or city districts involved in the Cup,” Mr. Puchkov said.
The FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in 4 Russian cities from 17 June to 2 July 2017.
In southern Russia the events will be held at 26 sports venues, including three stadiums which will also host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.