Ukraine — The Government is taking all possible measures to enhance fire safety in the dry season. The Senior Vice Prime Minister Andriy Klyuev said at the meeting of the Government.
Andrei Klyuyev noted that at the beginning of the establishment in Ukraine of hot weather, it was decided on the need to strengthen measures to prevent possible fires in the forests. Thus, ministries, departments and local executive authorities were instructed to enter fire-prevention measures, in particular, and in forests.
However, according to the Senior Deputy Prime Minister, despite the preventive measures, and existing restrictions on visits to forests throughout the territory of Ukraine, on July 28 in the two areas (Severodonetsk and Novoaydarsk) of Luhansk region the forest were in fire that within a few hours covered an area more than 200 hectares. “Only through a comprehensive engagement and well-coordinated actions of ground and air forces, it was possible to extinguish it less than in one day” – Andrey Klyuyev said and added that the threat of fire remains.
According to the Senior Vice Prime Minister, on behalf of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych for rapid response to fire danger under the Cabinet of Ministers an operational headquarters was set up for coordination between central and regional executive authorities in case of emergency, similar headquarters are established in all the regions.
Andriy Klyuyev also noted that in case of fire suppression the forces available and the technical means of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Agrarian Policy, State Border Service, State Timber Enterprise, the Council of Ministers of Crimea and local authorities are to be involved in.
However, according to First Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministry of Defense isto pay special attention to daily monitoring in warehouses of ammunition and weapons: “We have no right for a recurrence of the situation that occurred in previous years in Novobohdanivka and Lozova town.
Andriy Klyuyev also drew the attention of citizens to respect the rules of personal safety: “I want once again to appeal to the citizens – be mindful of your health and the health of children, avoid the threat for heat stroke, comply strictly with fire safety rules to protect the state, public and personal property.