Moscow is ready for the upcoming fire season, Deputy Moscow Mayor for Utilities and Amenities Pyotr Biryukov said at a joint meeting of Moscow and Moscow Region commissions for emergencies and fire prevention.
“We are in a constant state of readiness. We have a firefighting detachment, eight helicopters that fly around the area twice a day, pedestrian patrols from the Department for Environmental Management and Protection, sufficient vehicles and equipment and drones to control fire outbreaks daily,” he said.
Last year, Moscow experienced only nine wildfires, covering a total of 1,436 square metres. “This speaks to the work that has been carried out on fire prevention. Fire line ploughing around forests had also been conducted,” he said.
A special focus on fire prevention has been made in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas and in areas along the Moscow Ring Road. “Last year, professional services formed reinforced detachments: 330 people were permanently combat ready in the Moscow Directorate of the Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief, including over 60 vehicles. And, importantly, we have made joint efforts to form a voluntary firefighting force,” he said.
First Deputy of the Head of the Moscow Directorate of the Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Alexander Gavrilov said that the fire prevention efforts have helped to reduce the number of fire outbreaks by 1.5 times.
“Currently, on instructions from the Russian Government, we are organising and conducting surprise inspections of fire security specifications at horticultural and market-gardening associations and other business establishments,” he said.
Children’s summer recreation centres will also be inspected, he said.
Over 200 picnic areas will be organised within the boundaries of the Moscow Ring Road. “This will provide comfortable recreation and ensure fire security,” Mr Gavrilov said.
The Moscow authorities are ready to help the Moscow Region to incinerate felling waste to prevent a repeat of a burning odour in Moscow.
“This subject came up unexpectedly last autumn and winter when incineration of felling remains produced a burning odour reaching Moscow under conditions of low cloud cover. We want to prevent such phenomena in summer and autumn,” Mr Biryukov said.