Krasnodar, 28 April.
On the eve of the Day of Fire Service in Russia, we took an interview with Oleg Volynkin, Head of the Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Service for Krasnodar krai.
Q.: Before Krasnodar, you were holding the same position in Khabarovsk. What are the peculiarities of the Kuban region?
A.: Undoubtedly, Kuban is a unique region with its peculiar history and traditions; it is a multiethnic, densely populated and very specific region with a vast geography and highly developed agricultural, transport and resort complexes, which naturally implies a possibility of occurrence of natural catastrophes and industrial accidents of any kind.
Q.: How is the fire season going this year?
A.: This year, the fire season in Krasnodar krai began a month earlier than in 2019, and it was already marked with a considerable increase of natural fires, though their main cause were some people’s irresponsible behaviour. The situation was even more aggravated by the warm and snowless winter. That is why, our basic work is to prevent fires, cooperate with the population, and inform people about the rules of safe conduct via mass media. We must be working hard to reach everyone’s civic position.
Q.: And what about the flood season?
A.: We expect that the rise of the flood waters will remain within the long-run annual averages. Mainly, the water volumes will be formed due to melting of the snow cover in the mountainous areas and probable abundant precipitation in May – June. According to the Russian Meteorological Office, the character of the snow cover and the credibility weather forecast suggest that the peak of the flood season would last from late May until mid-July.
Q.: Did the number of calls reduce due to the self-isolation regime?
A.: Regretfully, neither the current epidemiological situation nor the introduced quarantine were able to affect the number of calls to deal with fires or accidents. According to statistics, the number of man-induced fires has even gone up compared with the same period of 2019. Since the introduction of the restraint measures, the forces of the Chief Directorate have taken part in the liquidation of 1,379 industrial fires; 115 persons have been rescued and 527 evacuated.
Q.: What are the hardships you are facing with when issuing permits for the beaches?
A.: Currently, there are 503 beaches on the list of the State Small Boat Inspection. Whether this figure will change, we will know at the end of May or beginning of June – according to the applications submitted by beach owners and taking into account the pandemic. Over the past five years, their total number has dropped due to the reorganisation of the areas allocated for beaches, changes of the owners or lessees. But what we are more anxious about is the length of the beaches, which grew by 1,100 metres last year.
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