MOSCOW, January 28, 5:11 /ITAR-TASS/. Levels of security of vital activities in Sochi on the eve of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games fully meet world standards, the Minister for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense, Vladimir Puchkov said in an interview published by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily Tuesday.
“The Olympic Games are a world-level even determining a country’s prestige,” he said. “To ensure security and safety at the Games is a crucial task for us.
Security efforts in Sochi are ensured by a force of more than 23,000 men having 500 units of technology at their disposal. A firefighting and rescue unit combined with a crisis response center was brought into operation in Sochi before the beginning of the Games.
Also, the city now has an up-to-date equestrian and canine center and other important installations, Puchkov said.
“Training sessions, drills and inspections are held permanently and the training of volunteers in fire precautions and responses to emergency situations has been organized,” he said. “That’s why I can say with confidence that the level of security of vital activities in Sochi meets all the international standards.”
He recalled that the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ had put together a force of 20,000 men and 285 units of technology to maintain security and safety at the Summer Universiade in Kazan last summer.
“We had firefighters and rescuers positioned at all the facilities around the clock and ready to react to any emergencies and events,” Puchkov said.
“EMERCOM fulfilled all the tasks then and this means we’ve gained enough experience in this field,” he said.