Khakassky Reserve getting ready for fire season

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Khakassky Reserve's firefighting vehicles

Khakassky Reserve’s firefighting vehicles

Snow begins to melt in steppe areas, and usually first wildfires start there in April. Most wildfires spread to the reserve from bordering areas.

As preparation for fire season, Khakassky Reserve’s state inspectors took training in extinguishing wildfires. The training took place in the Lake Itkul area and was visited by the reserve executives and a representative of the Administration of Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management of Khakassia.

As part of the training scenario, the state inspectors were informed about a wildfire and its location, and instructed to extinguish the fire. The purpose of the training was to develop and demonstrate skills of effective communication, fire risk assessment, and tactical decision making.

Preparing Silant firetruck for training

Preparing Silant firetruck for training

“Such unscheduled inspections for fire season readiness are conducted by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management once every three years or can be initiated more often by the Government of the Russian Federation. The main goal is to check the actions of fire department in case of a wildfire in a protected area,” commented Mihail Tserbunov, a deputy head of the Department for Environmental Supervision (Administration of Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management of Khakassia).

Khakassky Reserve’s state inspectors demonstrated readiness of fire trucks and equipment: water tenders, Silant firetrucks, fire sprinklers, fire pumps, and extinguisher backpacks. More trainings for fire season 2017 will take place next week at the Khakassky Reserve’s fire-chemical station (city of Abaza).

Training in extinguishing wildfires

Training in extinguishing wildfires

Wildfire extinguishing training

Wildfire extinguishing training

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