Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits the Tomsk Region’s fire station of the 5th Brigade of the Federal Fire Service
6 august 2012
The prime minister was informed that this brigade is in charge of 74 buildings and facilities in Tomsk including the local polytechnic university and the GRES-2 thermal power station. It includes 66 firefighters. In the first half of this year, the rescue team responded to 76 fires and saved 47 people.
According to the brigade’s management, a crew reached an emergency site within 45 seconds of the call on average. Medvedev asked about the fire safety status in the city and if they get many calls. “We only get a few calls now, because the fire season is over,” a spokesperson said.
During his tour of the fire station, Medvedev examined the control system for firefighter respiratory equipment. He was told that 7,500 volunteers are involved in firefighting in the region.