The IX All-Russian Safety and Rescue Festival “Constellation of Courage” has named 23 best specialists of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations.
The winners were chosen in more than 100 professions – best rescuer, firefighter, doctor, dog handler, bomb disposal technician, pilot, mine rescuer, psychologist and others. There were also nominations for best divisions – regional directorate, fire and rescue unit, rescue military division, etc.
The awards – a diploma and statuette “Builder of the Emergency Ministry” – to Emergency Ministry’s employees who had successfully passed three stages of the contest, were given by Hero of the USSR and veteran of the Emergency Ministry Valery Vostrotin, Minister of the Open Government Mikhail Abyzov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee Yevgeny Serebrennikov and member of the State Duma Ivan Teterin.
Aleksei Kurmanov, a rescuer of the Far Eastern Regional SAR Unit, became the best rescuer. He has 7 specializations – small vessel navigator, oil spill responder, urban alpinist, gas and smoke protection specialists, strapper, driver. Mr. Kurmanov has taken part in more than 100 SAR and emergency operations. His division is one of the best in the Unit.
Ivan Russkikh, a firefighter of special fire and rescue unit No 67 of special office No 172 of the federal fire service became the vest firefighter of the Russian Emergency Ministry where he has been working since 2013. His excellent physical shape helps Mr. Russkikh to do all the hard work firemen have to do every day.
Irina Bondar, a rescuer of the Murmansk Arctic Integrated Rescue Center, a branch of the Northwestern Regional SAR Unit, was named the best SAR dog handler. She can rappel from a helicopter together with her dog. Ms. Bondar has taken part in different SAR operations and together with her dogs attends cultural and preventive events, supports Club of Young Dog Handlers Vernost (Faithfulness) and NGO of AAT specialists A Touch of Healing Paw and helps children with disabilities to rehabilitate.
A separate element of the Festival is the contest of special nominations. The nomination “Answering the Call of Heart” praised ordinary people, who take part in building up life safety culture and display courage and valor rescuing and helping others.
Natalya Babkevich, a leader of volunteer SAR dog unit Vector, became the best in this nomination. She has trained four dogs, who have won prizes in rescue dog contests. The unit seeks to help career rescuers.
The nomination “Unity in the Name of Rescue” awards employees of organizations and federal executive authorities distinguished during interagency cooperation with the Emergency Ministry.
Nadezhda Ilyina, chairperson of the Maritime Territory branch of the all-Russian NGO Russian Red Cross won this nomination. She actively cooperates with the Emergency Ministry’s Maritime Territory Directorate, raises money from charities, organizes delivery of relief supplies to disaster-stricken areas.