A meeting of the Emergency Ministry’s board presided over by Minister Vladimir Puchkov has been held today at the National Crisis Management Center to discuss the development of the National Crisis Management Center, crisis management centers in Russian regions, improvement of the Emergency Ministry’s control system, scientific and technical work, more effective activity of fire and rescue divisions, rescue military and regional SAR units of the Emergency Ministry.
The board noted that today daily control bodies of the SSDMS (Single State Disaster Management System) take part in adopting single standards for exchanging information, innovative technologies and software. The centers ensure operation of the automated information management system and keeping databases of statistical and planned information on human protection. To do that, the centers keep on transferring from fast response to risk management, including by developing monitoring and forecasting systems.
Crisis management centers of the Emergency Ministry’s directorates are developing on the regional level. They ensure effective operation of the control system for emergency prevention and response, fire and water safety considering regions’ specific features.
During the meeting the members of the board made a decision to give the Stavropol and Khabarovsk Territories, Nizhny Novgorod and Sverdlovsk Regions Directorates some additional authority to fulfill analytical, information and control functions over the activity of the Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies within respective federal districts and to supervise planning and maintaining preparedness to the use of information and telecommunication systems.
When discussing the 2017 Plan for Research and Development Work the board pointed out that the research work in the Emergency Ministry allows developing and adopting new advanced disaster management, fire and water safety technologies and means. Modern research approaches helped to form promising areas of developing the Emergency Ministry up to 2030 which will allow the system to be a high-tech cutting-edge service of the Russian Federation and the main resource system in case of massive accidents, fires and disasters.
The board also noted that the control system must be further developed with the account of modern requirements. The Emergency Ministry keeps developing and adopting modern software-hardware data processing modules for forecasting emergency situations and software-hardware impact modeling and assessing complexes. Further development and introduction of the SSDMS automated information management system (AIMS) will allow collecting, keeping, transferring, processing and delivering information necessary for the work of the SSDMS control bodies, automation of managerial decision making support, delivering the decisions to subordinate and cooperating control bodies and controlling their execution.
At the same time, the research divisions are going to devise a software-hardware complex for decision making support based on long-term disaster forecasting and an information analysis complex for forecasting possible impacts of disasters.
Heads of Emergency Ministry’s fire and rescue divisions were invited to the meeting to discuss more efficient performance of response units, one of the key issues on the agenda.
“Our primary challenge is to organize even more active and effective operation of fire and rescue divisions,” Mr. Puchkov said and added that it was necessary to work out and introduce advanced disaster management, fire and water safety technologies. Fire and rescue divisions will get prototypes of compressed-air air packs with longer protection, of devices for detecting people trapped under debris and of universal mine scout robotics.
All the issues discussed by the board will help the control system to operate more effectively, managerial decision to be made and to improve effectiveness of fire and rescue units, rescue military and regional SAR divisions.