Today, employees of the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate have paid respects to their colleagues killed in the life of duty by a traditional athletics race in Kirovsky District of the city. The competition was attended by rescuers, school and university students and amateur joggers. They had to run two distances – 5 km and 500 meters.
While the athletes were running for the finish, guests of celebration had a rich program which started with a parade of firefighting equipment. The column of vehicles was followed by guards of honor of the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg State Fire Service University.
After the official part of the event, the Petersburg firefighting force presented spectators with demonstrations, the most interesting of which was the demonstration of traffic accident response. Rescuers cut open a vehicle, removed its roof and extricated an injured. The vehicle caught fire, but a fire crew put it out within a few minutes. Then firefighters put out a mockup of a wooden house and in the end demonstrated several ways to rescue people from high-rise buildings. The demonstration ended with a water volley from fire hoses colored as the Russian flag.
A couple of hours later anyone could continue celebrating the Fire Department Day, but this time in the central part of the city – Manezhnaya Square. There was an exhibition of fire and rescue equipment where guests were able to get familiar with modern “aides” of rescuers. They also saw performances by guards of honor, a brass band and a show of female drummers. In addition, firefighters demonstrated their skills in suppressing fires and managing other kinds of emergencies. Adults and children had fun in different interactive areas: examined the latest special equipment, tried themselves as firefighters by putting on real gears and learned a lot of new about hard working days of Emergency Ministry’s employees. Activities organizers entertained young children at the celebration.