GORNO-ALTAISK, March 21 (Itar-Tass) — The rescuers compete in the first snowmobile race in the Yergaki highlands in southern Krasnoyarsk Territory, the department of civil defence, emergency situations and fire safety in the Republic of Khakassia reported in Abakan on Wednesday.
Not only emergency rescuers, but also representatives of other rescue units are participating in the open competition, the department said. The main prize of the race is the cup of the minister of emergency situations.
The Yergaki sport training centre of the Ministry of Emergency Situations hosted the snowmobile race. The race will contribute to the improvement of the skills of rescue works in the wintertime. “We believe that such competitions should show not only the mastery of those people who arrived here, but also finally should bring new technologies to handle this machinery for the rescue of people to the ministry,” Russian Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Pavel Plat, who attended a festive opening ceremony of the race, said.
The race is held for the first time in the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, and, moreover, “for the first time in the history of international sport,” chief referee of the race Alexander Kursakov noted. The race may result in awarding the title of master of sport for the racers. Some 14 teams from various Russian regions are participating in the race. From now on the snowmobile race of rescuers will be annual and will be held in the Yergaki highlands.