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Budget for 2017 envisages increased wages for rescuers and a resource worth UAH 600 million for modernization and purchase of new equipment
27.12.2016 | 16:45

In the State budget for 2017 there has been planned an increase in the wages of rescuers and the sum worth almost UAH 600 million for the modernization and purchase of new equipment. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a visit to state firefighting and rescue department №13 in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Referring to the Budget 2017, the Prime Minister said: "We have budgeted larger wages for you, dear officers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. In fact, all those who received a salary amounting UAH 3 thousand will get since January 1 the wage worth UAH 5 thousand, the one who received UAH 4 thousand will get UAH 6 thousand. For your department it will amount over UAH 2 thousand for everyone who works."

"This is step taken by us to strengthen your logistics base as well. We have planned nearly UAH 600 million to upgrade and purchase new fire equipment to provide you with all advanced technologies and a system for effective extinguishing of fires", explained the Head of Government.

He noted that the number of fatalities resulting from fires in Ukraine is nearly 2 thousand people annually.

In this context, the Prime Minister noted that in the framework of the SES reform the steps should be taken to teach people to be more cautious and prevent terrible tragedies.

Volodymyr Groysman also stressed the need to maintain security during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

"The Ukrainian Government is well aware that we must support our SES departments and instead of just talking about it to do concrete steps with regard to salaries, logistical support, raising the prestige of the profession", said Volodymyr Groysman.

"We believe that you should be provided with everything necessary to arrive timely at the scene of accident, to provide assistance efficiently and most importantly for you to come back alive," stressed the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government on Tuesday visited State firefighting and rescue department № 13 in Kyiv, which is responsible for the major residential areas of the capital – the Dniprovsky and the Dnistrovsky. He got acquainted with the logistics base of the department and a modern firefighting vehicle, as well as got familiarized with the exhibits of the Fire Fighting Museum.

Volodymyr Groysman transferred to the personnel of the firefighting and rescue brigade 5 new fire engines purchased for the funds of the state budget to the tune of almost UAH 19 million. The Prime Minister believes that such vehicles should be manufactured in Ukraine that will contribute to the development of the economy.

"I’d prefer we could produce such trucks based on the Ukrainian platform. I want to emphasize that we are rat close in development of such technical solutions it actually depends on manufacturers and competition. It is important for me to ensure such vehicle be assembled in Ukraine, work of Ukrainian citizens be in each element of this truck, and the Ukrainian citizens receive their wages from each spare part of this vehicle. Hence, the country will develop. Then we will have economic stability and the prospects", said Volodymyr Groysman.

Apart from that, emergency workers were presented 20 sets of fire protective clothing (helmets, protective jackets and pants, fire boots, gloves), as well as fire hoses.

Volodymyr Groysman communicated with the personnel of the firefighting and rescue brigade that is on duty, and awarded the rescuers who had shown courage and professionalism during an emergency response and extinguishing fire: Colonel of civil protection service Ihor Shariy, warrant officer of civil protection service Serhii Savenkov and warrant officer of civil protection service Vadym Luchuk.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the fallen firefighters and laid flowers to the monument.


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