A plenary meeting dedicated to provision of comprehensive safety and new approaches to application of aircraft and rescue technologies in the Arctic has taken place within the VI Society for Safety Forum of the Emergencies Ministry and Non-governmental organizations.
The Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov in the opening speech said that the number of emergencies and fires, both man-caused and natural, has decreased.
“This year is intense and hard. We have concluded the results of first 6 months of the year. Overall results are positive, the number of man-caused fires and their aftermath a lower, there are also fewer natural disasters, there are fewer emergencies, efficiency of response is better”, said Vladimir Puchkov.
The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, the Honored Rescuer, the Hero of Russia Yuri Vorobyov, the Governor of Vologda Region Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the Special Representative of the Russian President for cooperation in the Arctic and the Antarctic Artur Chilingarov and the Council of the President on Climate Change Alexander Bedritsky and others also took part in the meeting.
Approaches to monitoring of paramters for intellectual surrounding medium in the system for control and management of different aspects (man-caused, natural, social and other) of safety; specialized equipment and technical solutions, based on Russian-produced materials and technologies of 3rd and 4th generation for implementation in the Emergencies Ministry’s divisions, aircraft units of the Arctic and Far East; peculiarities of hydro-meteorological support of the aircraft in the Arctic; further development of the specialists training in the Arctic and many other topics were discussed during the meeting.
The Council of the President on Climate Change Alexander Bedritsky reported on increased number of natural threats in the Arctic. According to him, the average temperature on Earth rises, especially in the Arctic, climates are getting warmer. He clarified, that the square of ice in the Arctic decreases, new weather conditions appear which can be dangerous for the aircraft.
According to Bedritsky, the temperature contrast between the equator and the poles evens out. This leads to increased number of local atmospheric processes. Temperature anomalies on oceans’ surface also contribute to development of blocking processes, including in the Atlantic and European sectors. This leads to rapid changing of weather.
“UAVs and ground surface vehicles must be used to decrease these risks. These vehicles can operate in various conditions”, said Alexander Bedritsky.
He also said that the Emergencies Ministry is the leader in the field of introduction of new technologies for provision of safety in the Arctic.
“The Emergencies Ministry is the only ministry that leads all others. The role of a leader is a hard one, but the Emergencies Ministry successfully completes set tasks”, said Alexander Bedritsky. He also pointed out that the Emergencies Ministry has all necessary technologies and it is the most advanced agency in the world.
Aircraft reconnaissance for detecting of people in the Arctic, application of the state standards for rescue aircraft, usage of helicopters in the Arctic, development of the Arctic Centers of the Emergencies Ministry, as well as legal aspects for provision of safety in the Arctic were discussed during the meeting.