Fire safety in Moscow and the Moscow Region to be supported with helicopters

Fire safety in Moscow and the Moscow Region to be supported with helicopters
Information on fires to be passed to the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

The Moscow Aviation Centre will oversee fire protection in Moscow and the Moscow Region. From 10 May to 1 October, the centre’s helicopters will be dispatched daily to monitor the area.

“Light VK117C-2 type helicopters, firefighting helicopters Ka-32A, Mi-26 and twin-engine ultra-light Bell 429 helicopters will be used in our daily monitoring missions. If necessary, helicopter alert crews will also be involved,” said the Deputy Director for Summer Activities at the Moscow Aviation Centre, Oleg Katalshev.

If a fire or related smoke is seen, the information will be reported to the Emergencies Ministry’s Crisis Management Centre in Moscow.

Four helicopters monitor the situation daily and are ready to assist emergency response teams – three of the helicopters will assist medical personnel and one will be used for fire extinguishing. Six more aircraft will be in reserve.

The Moscow Aviation Centre was established in May 2003. Its key goals include extinguishing fires, providing medical assistance and airlift services at traffic accidents and emergencies, and monitoring flood and firefighting situation.