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TOMSK, August 6 (Itar-Tass) — About 86 percent of settlements in Russia are guarded by fire-fighting units, director of the Territorial Policy Department of the Emergency Situations Ministry Yuri Kovalyov told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Kovalyov said the number of settlements, which were located within a radius of fire-fighters’ set-off, increased every month. “All fire-fighting units embrace about 129,000 settlements [85.8 percent],” the official explained.
He said voluntary fire-fighting brigades were being created in settlements, which were situated beyond a radius of fire-fighters’ set-off. Every months their number increases by more than 2,000 people. “As of today there are about 553,000 volunteers, who were trained. The rest of them continue the training,” the official said.
In his words, since the beginning of the year volunteers have put out almost 1,000 fires. They provided aid to extinguish fires in over 7,000 cases and saved 610 people.
“Volunteers worked in over 25,000 settlements. Within the last month they have increased by 500. Almost 10 million people live these villages and settlements,” Kovalyov said.