VLADIVOSTOK, October 25 (Itar-Tass) — Russia's Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ will complete the setting up of crisis situations response centers in all the regions of the country by 2015, Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is making a two-day working trip to Vladivostok said Thursday.
EMERCOM needs specialists in a wide variety of professions but especially in the field of crisis management, Shoigu said at a meeting with students of the Far-Eastern Federal University.
"We must set up 83 regional centers for response to crises, or one center per each constituent region," he said. "We're expected to complete the job by 2015 and to be able to do this, we need mathematicians and software programmers."
Shoigu indicated that almost 2,300 programmers had taken part in the creation of EMERCOM's National Crisis Situations Management Center in Moscow.
"A major fleshing-out of the soft is underway right now," he said.
As he answered the students' questions, Shoigu said EMERCOM will continue developing its base on the Russky Island off Vladivostok that will become the venue of a summit conference of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum /APEC/ in 2012.
"We'll develop our base on Russky and already now we have a dormitory for a hundred persons and a stadium there," he said.
Shoigu called attention to the fact that the Far East was the only part of Russia where EMERCOM did not have a departmental educational center. He recalled that at present the specialists who will work for EMERCOM get tuition at the Far-Eastern Federal University.
"It's the first time that a school serving our needs for cadres has appeared here, and the first group of 75 students have gotten down to training," he said.
"We'll continue promoting our profession and training specialists, and the main facilities in this sense are the centers where rescuers are trained, where the cadets and attendees get diversified training, including the exercises in the mountains and under water," Shoigu said.
He also indicated that EMERCOM plans opening extreme medicine clinics in all the eight federal districts of Russia, including the Far-Eastern Federal District.
“We’d like to open here a clinic of extreme radiological medicine that would have top-notch equipment and the best specialists,” Shoigu said.
He admitted that EMERCOM has only two such clinics at the moment.
“One of them functions in St Petersburg and the foundations for another two have been laid in Moscow and in Southern Russia,” Shoigu said. “Next year, construction of the clinics is due to begin in Siberia and the Urals.”
However, already now EMERCOM is training specialists for them at the best academic medical institutions in Russia and abroad or, more precisely, in Israel, Austria and Germany.