The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and other agencies have formed a group of forces composed of over 16,000 people to ensure safety in the Arctic region, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said during a meeting with bloggers.
The Emergency Situations Ministry is actively working on a system to ensure the safety of the population and territories in the Arctic zone, Puchkov said. The system will be administered by the National Crisis Management Center and regional centers.
"The group for ensure the safety of the Arctic zone will be composed of over 16,000 people, including officials from the executive administrations of the Russian regions and municipal entities. It has modern equipment," the minister said.
The Emergency Situations Ministry also plans to form an aviation group composed of 14 aircraft, which will be based on the aerodromes of Murmansk, Vorkuta, Norilsk, and Anadyr, and also work on a formula for boosting the aviation rescue technologies in the northern latitudes in unfavorable weather conditions.
The minister reiterated that up to 100 natural emergencies, including wildfires, take place on the territory of the Arctic region every year.
"Interest in this region is increasing and our country has a lot of potential for the development of the tourist industry, which requires high safety standards and life and health protection standards," the minister said.
The minister recalled that the agency is creating ten Arctic emergency rescue centers in the region. Three rescue centers are already functioning in Naryan-Mar, Arkhangelsk, and Dudinka, and another four search and rescue units and fire rescue units of various agencies are functioning there.
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