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About one million people to fight wildfires in Russia

April 17, 2012, 15:06 UTC+3

125,000 pieces of machinery are involved in the force

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MOSCOW, April 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The force of about one million people was formed to fight the wildfires in Russia, the director of the department of the fire-fighting forces in the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Maxim Vladimirov, told a news conference at the Itar-Tass news agency on Tuesday.

“The force of more than 930,000 people was formed to fight the fires this year. The force is ready for fire-fighting,” he said. Meanwhile, 125,000 pieces of machinery are involved in the force.

“The fire-fighting experience showed that the aviation is the most efficient force in fire-fighting. This year 143 aircraft will be used for fire-fighting. They are distributed equally throughout the country,” Vladimirov said.

The aviation group includes helicopters Mi-8 and Ka-32 and airplanes Il-76 and Be-200.


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