CHELYABINSK, August 27 (Itar-Tass) - A jet of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ has taken 139 servicemen from EMERCOM’s rescue training center located in Chelyabinsk, southern Urals, to the Far-Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk where they will take part in the rescue and emergency repairs efforts currently focusing on the areas that have sustained the heaviest damage from unprecedented floods.
“Many rescuers have already gained sufficient experience of handling operations of this kind proceeding from the experience with a recent inundation in a township in the Chelyabinsk region,” a spokesman for EMERCOM’s regional branch said.
Information provided by the officials says the servicemen have taken along with them the engine pumps, hydraulic and entrenching tools, tents, field kitchens, lighting devices, stretchers, foodstuffs, and bottled freshwater.
The Chelyabinsk training center was set up ten years ago to train specialists for civil defense forces. Its units have had tours of duty to eliminate the aftermaths of emergency situations in the Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, and Tyumen regions, as well as the Republic of Bashkortostan.
The center has been named the best armed unit within EMERCOM’s structure.
Earlier in the day, another EMERCOM jet brought aid to Blagoveshchensk, the administrative center of the Amur region that has been stricken by floods, from Samara, a major city on the Volga River.