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Belarusian, Russian rescue workers share cutting-edge practices during emergency response exercise

DOBRUSH DISTRICT, 24 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian and Russian emergencies ministries shared their cutting-edge practices during the joint command post exercise held to practice responding to emergencies in the autumn-winter period in bordering areas of Belarus (Dobrush District, Gomel Oblast) and Russia (Zlynka District, Bryansk Oblast). The exercise involved units of the Gomel Oblast Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry and the Bryansk Oblast Department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, BelTA has learned. Vadim Uvarkin, Chief of the Bryansk Oblast Department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, was pleased with the decent level of training of Belarusian and Russian rescue workers. “If we compare the two services, differences can be found only in the scale of the territories. In Russia the number of emergency risks is much higher, because our geography is different. From the technical point of view cutting-edge technologies are available both in Russia and Belarus. Such exercises allow sharing them,” said the official. He went on saying that in the future such exercises will allow stepping up contacts between the Belarusian and Russian emergency response services in the bordering areas. In turn, Chief of the Gomel Oblast Department of the Emergencies Ministry Anatoly Dolgolevets drew attention to close cooperation of rescue workers in the bordering regions of Belarus and Russia. “We share the latest information every day. Arrangements are in place to take care of a number of things. We work together, for instance, to extinguish forest fires, peat fires, consequences of emergencies and bad weather,” he said. The command post exercise modelled an emergency caused by the drastic decrease in air temperature followed by heavy precipitation and gusty winds. It was a traffic accident involving three vehicles, an overturned gasoline truck, and human casualties. Belarusian and Russian rescue workers had to pull out the injured out of the wreckage, provide first medical aid and psychological aid, deal with the spilt fuel and take care of other aspects of emergency response work. The entire arsenal of equipment and vehicles of the emergency response services of Gomel Oblast and Bryansk Oblast was employed. The exercise was aimed at practicing interaction between control bodies, assets and units of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry and the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which had to respond to the threat of and to actual emergencies in the autumn-winter period. The key purpose of the exercise was to check the procedures for interaction between the two agencies during the prevention and alleviation of transboundary emergencies in addition to evaluating the performance of rescue units in complicated weather conditions.