Winners of the IX All-Russian Safety and Rescue Festival “Constellation of Courage” are going to be named today. The awarding ceremony will be held at the Fundamental Library of the Lomonosov State University of Moscow. Traditionally, modern-time heroes – best employees of the Emergency Ministry, representatives of other agencies and organizations, children heroes, who have displayed courage and heroism, come to help those in trouble are going to get together in Moscow. This year the number of contestants has exceeded 10,000 people and 40 of them are going to get their awards today.
The winners were chosen in more than 100 nominations in the contest of professional skill – among the best professionals and the best divisions in the Emergency Ministry. The contest had three stages: regional (in constituent territories of the Russian Federation), interregional (in federal districts) and the final stage was the federal one. The organizers counted that if all winners of the Festival came to be awarded at the awarding ceremony it would take more than 7.5 hours. This is why part of awards are given in all directorates and regional centers of the Emergency Ministry.
The separate element of the Festival is the contest of special nominations such as “Unity in the Name of Rescue” and “Answering the Call of Heart”. These nominations praise representatives of other agencies distinguished in response and firefighting operations and rescuing people. They are employees of the Interior Ministry, Ministry of Defense, Federal Forestry Agency, Ministry of Transport, Rusgidro, Russian Railways and others. Along with them, ordinary people, who have not stood by and helped others can win in those nominations.
The most exciting moment of the ceremony is awarding children heroes, who were not afraid in different situations and came to help their peers, loved ones or strangers.
Representatives of mass media also take part in the contest by submitting their best projects covering the activity of the Emergency Ministry in the following nominations: “Best TV Project”, “Best Radio News Program”, “Best Printed Publication” , “Best Internet-Project”, a contest of photos “Look Closely at the Face of a Hero” and of publications in social media “Emergency Blogger”.
Each year the Festival is becoming more interesting and bigger. A special feature of this-year Constellation of Courage is that it has more nominations for children. A young rescuer, young diver, best brigade of young firefighters and best cadet school are going to go onto the stage. Participants of the All-Russian Competition “School of Safety” will be among the winners.
The awards – a diploma and statuette “Builder of the Emergency Ministry” – will be given to each of the winners by senior officials of the Emergency Ministry, members of the State Duma and of the Federation Council, famous politicians and public figures, representatives of science, culture and arts, heads of federal mass media.
The ceremony will be broadcasted live on the Emergencies Ministry's website.