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All Crimean rescue services to be reequipped

March 22, 2014, 11:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 22, /ITAR-TASS/. All the rescue services in Crimea will be reequipped, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department for the Republic of Crimea has told Itar-Tass.

A permanent operating group on cooperation and settlement of emerging issues has started working In Crimea to assist during the transitional period.

A working meeting discussed main guidelines, following Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov's instructions, to improve all the system to protect territories and the population from emergencies, to prevent fires and ensure safety on water in the republic.

All the rescue services will be fully reequipped. Special fire engines and high-speed sea rescue boats will be delivered to Crimea, the press service cited the head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's regional policy department, Yuri Kovalyov, as saying.

Kovalyov said new structures would be formed on the peninsula, such as, for example, an inspection service for small vessels, and the already existing and new services would use up-to-date equipment in their work.

Priorities of the Emergencies Ministry are social welfare, pay and housing for the republic's rescue personnel. The solution of these issues will form a basis to set up an effective service to save lives and protect territories from possible emergencies, the press service notes.

Concluding the meeting, Kovalyov said the main task was to create such a rescue service that would be able to protect every resident and every guest in Crimea.

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