The Russian Emergencies Ministry carries out constant preparedness checks of its divisions to provide safety and security during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A special working group has been established in the Ministry to monitor the carrying out of efforts in accordance with the plan. Additionally, forces and equipment are being actively prepared for the event.
The Ministry’s aircraft is being relocated to the host-cities as one of such measures. The relocated aircraft will also be used to provide safety in the western part of our country, where the training bases for the teams are located. All airports, federal and regional motorways, protected areas, railways and social infrastructure must be covered by the Ministry’s units.
58 aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and the Moscow Aircraft Center will be used to monitor the situation from the air and respond to the emergencies, including 16 planes and 42 helicopters. 14 more aircraft are listed in the reserve.
For example, a Mil Mi-8 helicopter is stationed for constant duty. Additional Mil Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter with special equipment will be relocated here from the town of Mineralnye Vody and a Beriyev Be-200ChS jet from the Rostov-on-Don for the duration of the Championship.
At the same time, 11 aircraft, including Beriyev Be-200ChS and Ilyushin IL-76 planes, Mil Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters will stay in the Siverian Federal District to protect settlements against wild and forest fires.
If a situation in Siberian Federal District gets worse, an additional air wing from the Khabarovsk Aircraft and Rescue Center, consisting of 2 Beriyev Be-200ChS planes, 8 Mil Mi-8 and 2 Mi-26 helicopters, will be dispatched to the area.
It is worth noting that safety of regions will not be affected by relocation of the vessels. Task groups of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will continue to carry out their tasks. A sufficient reserves of ground forces has been formed to protect the settlements.