Staff shortages, old equipment, junk drones: MOE audit revealed problems

Large-scale internal inspection, the Ministry of emergency situations has revealed problems with the lack of people, lack of equipment of firemen and rescuers, as well as poor funding of search and rescue units and aircraft. About the RBC with reference to the July report of the chief of the National center for crisis management EMERCOM of Russia Viktor Azucena.


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Verification, according to the publication, was initiated by the new Minister of emergency situations Jevgenijs Senichevym.

The key problem identified in the audit personnel. So, the fire Department is experiencing a shortage of 23.1 thousand people, and the duty guards are still required to 10,8 thousand employees. As explained by Azucena, the deficit of personnel was the result of staff optimisation, which took place in the period from 2014 to 2018. After that, reduced the number of planned inspections, as well as decreased quality of firefighting and rescue operations. As a result of system errors increase in the number of fires, including TRTS and TTS. For the first 6 months in shopping centers recorded 56 fires, 75% more than the same period last year.

However, the report suggests that management decisions that were taken in 2014, destroyed the system of logistics. “Providing logistics and weapons in 2018 is: food — 88%, things — 21%, fuels and lubricants — 36%, the funds for maintenance of equipment — 20%”,— was told Azucena. He also reported that 67% of key fire engines and 73% of special equipment expired service life.

Furthermore, detected inconsistencies in the preparation of the needs of state defense orders. In particular, the state armament programme ruled out high-rise equipment, car ladder, work platforms, fire fighting uniforms and fire hoses. However, in purchasing added 2 thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles for a total amount of 450 million rubles, while the demand for them is only 88 units. The characteristics of UAVs do not meet the standards of MOE: operating temperature range – 0 to 40 degrees, and limiting time of 23 minutes.

The theme of fire supervision and inspection have been discussed after a fire in the shopping center “Winter cherry” in Kemerovo, which happened March 25. As a result of the tragedy killed 60 people.

The head EMERCOM of Russia Evgeny Senichev ordered to draw up the development strategy of the Ministry based on the results of validation of his work in previous years and to eliminate the revealed defects.

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