The role and importance of Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies are going to grow in future. The Ministry’s board has discussed another stage of a managerial reform aimed at higher efficiency of Emergency ministry and better quality of managing forces and facilities, elimination of duplicating functions at the Ministry’s central office and directorates. To do that the Emergency Ministry is providing more powers and independence to its directorates in regions.
The reform of the Ministry’s managerial structure based on smooth transition from three-stage management and funding system began in spring of 2017.
Having considered and discussed updated norms of clothing the Ministry’s board made a decision to decentralize the purchasing system and to pass this function to territorial bodies. Heads of Emergency Ministry’s Directorates supported the initiative. They are sure that it is regions who should make purchases, because they have better knowledge of what and how much clothing response divisions need. Besides, it is a guarantee of quality and additional jobs in regions.
Before that purchasing was a responsibility of the Logistics Office, a division of the central office. Now that it has been abolished, the directorates will make decisions on purchases taking into account a chosen supplier, minimized expenses and quality of the goods. For example, new kinds of clothing, footwear and gears are going to be introduced to response divisions considering climate and tasks executed by the division. The time of use of some elements of uniform will become longer, while the most needed things such as T-shirts and hand protection will be given more often. Clothing matters in the Emergency Ministry will be handled considering specific character of job done by rescuers.
The main requirement is that new uniforms for firefighters and rescuers should not be expensive, should be comfortable and durable. Approaches to clothing norms should be revised and positive experience in outfitting employees of Emergency Ministry’s SAR divisions, State Small Vessels Inspectorate, paramilitary mine rescue units and aircraft crews should also be taken into account. Some elements of clothing were excluded from clothing allowance as they were not demanded for and were not going to be used by firefighters.in daily life
Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies are going to deal with food provision, use and maintenance of military and special equipment. The directorates are going to make decisions on selling obsolescent and not needed any longer assets and to order research and development in material and technical provision and fuels and lubricants.
The directorates are going to become responsible for coordination of cooperation with federal and regional executive authorities in dealing with material and technical provision including suggestions to draft decisions on these matters to be considered by Security Council, Russian Government, Government Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission.
Decentralization will not affect reaching goals of state programs, will not require more funding. The project will be implemented within fixed number of staff and budget allocations provided by the federal budget for management. Such management system has already proved efficient under current socioeconomic conditions.
The changes taking place in the emergency Ministry is undoubtedly a complicated, ling process requiring endurance, competent and rational decisions the results of which are best seen in facts and figures. The number of accidents and people injured in them has been declining over the past few years. In the first half of 2017 alone, the number of man-caused fires decreased by 5.9%, the number of people rescued from such fires went up by 11% while the number of accidents on waterways went down by more than 43%.