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Volodymyr Groysman vows SES to become special emergency response forces
11.10.2017 | 12:37

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman commissioned the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine to plan necessary financial resources for technical modernization of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. The corresponding decision was taken during a Government sitting.

The Prime Minister recalled that this year, according to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers, salaries of rescue workers were doubled. At present, it is essential to provide rescuer workers with the necessary material base. First of all, the point at issue is about aviation equipment.

«I think that we must instruct Ministry of Finance to consider the need for 7 helicopters and 1 aircraft, or upgrading the aircraft before for the second reading of the draft state budget (in the Verkhovna Rada). Undoubtedly, the most modern management system should be put in place in order to equip the emergency service. The best fire fighting equipment, helicopters, airplanes is all that is needed to save the lives and health of Ukrainian citizens at any moment - 365 days a year, 24 hours a day», underlined the Prime Minister.

During the Government session Mykola Chechotkin, Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), informed that that every year in Ukraine nearly 300 emergencies and about 80 thousand fires occur. The victims of these accidents are thousands of people, and the estimated damage amounts to 5 billion hryvnias annually. Every day employees of the SESU undertake 1,500 trips to overcome the consequences of emergencies and help people. So, since the beginning of the year, the rescuers managed to save lives of 4300 people, eliminate 72 thousand fires, neutralize 59 thousand explosive objects, save material assets to the tune of 12 billion UAH.

Accidents in Avdyivka as well as in military warehouses in Balaklia and Kalinovka became the most serious challenge for rescue services. Apart from that, Ukrainian rescuers provided assistance to their colleagues from Georgia and Montenegro during forest fires in the summer.

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