18:23, March 24, 2020

Kaliningrad firefighters extinguished a conditional fire at a UNESCO site

On March 24, in the Kurshskaya Kosa National Park the first fire-tactical trainings of this year were held. Among those who took part in the trainings were representatives of the Voluntary Fire Team of the National Park, employees of fire and rescue unit No. 15 and a separate fire station to protect the municipal entity "Kurshskaya Kosa Rural settlement".

According to the legend of the training, because of the dry weather and careless handling of fire in Lesnoe village there was a forest fire, which quickly moved from the bottom to the top and created a threat to the tourist base "House of Fishermen" and people resting there.

Firefighters who arrived promptly at the site started extinguishing a conventional fire that had spread over a hectare of burning forest by that time. In addition, firefighters rescued two casualties and protected the tourist complex building from fire.

The basis of the trainings was the real fire that occurred here in the summer of 2014. Then, the natural fire WHICH began near one of the residential buildings on the outskirts of Morskoye village, spread over 11 hectares, turning into a real natural disaster. More than 160 people and 30 units of special equipment were involved in eliminating its consequences.

It is worth noting that the Kurshskaya Kosa is an almost 100 km long narrow sandy peninsula stretching from the resort town of Zelenogradsk to the Lithuanian border and separating the fresh water Kurshskiy Gulf from the Baltic Sea. It is the longest sandy beach in the world. In 2000, this unique place of nature was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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