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B. Sagintayev instructs to take measures to improve firefighting infrastructure of nature protection and forestry institutions

by May 22, 2018 General

During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Internal Affairs K. Kassymov and First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev delivered reports on fire prevention and the level of preparedness for the elimination of forest and steppe fires

As the Minister of Internal Affairs noted, every year the number of wildfires increases significantly. At the same time, the regions have already launched measures to prevent forest and steppe fires.

Until the end of May, the Fire Inspection of the Emergency Committee will complete surveys of national parks, nature reserves, subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Akimats. Particular attention will be paid to inspections of children’s health camps, � K. Kassymov said.

To ensure daily patrols in the forest-steppe and recreation areas, mobile groups are created from among the employees of the state fire control, forestry agencies and the local police service.

In order to work out the issues of cooperation in the border areas, it is planned to conduct tactical exercises with the units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in five adjacent regions.

The Minister of Internal Affairs also outlined a number of issues that require further elaboration. Among them, in the regions specifically � low numbers of fire trucks, worn-out equipment, lack of voluntary firefighting units and posts in populated areas where there are no branches of the state fire service.

K. Kassymov also reported on the relief of the consequences of yesterday’s fire in the Semey Ormany reserve. According to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the forest fire in the suburbs of Semey arose on May 21 at 14:30. 8 units of equipment and 79 people from the natural reserve were involved in extinguishing the fire. 244 people and 55 units of equipment were additionally involved later. A MI-8 helicopter arrived from the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. By combined efforts, the spread of the fire was stopped at 21:00.

The fire covered 100 hectares of forest, now the fire is extinguished, there is no danger of the fire spreading, the investigation team is working to find out the causes of the fire, � K. Kassymov said.

At the same time, according to K. Kassymov, the main cause of the fire is the human factor, non-observance of the established rules and measures.

Regional Akims reported on the ongoing work to prevent forest and steppe fires in the regions: East Kazakhstan – D. Akhmetov, Aktobe – B. Saparbayev, Zhambyl – A. Myrzakhmetov, North Kazakhstan – K. Aksakalov, and Deputy Akim of Pavlodar region U. Zhazylbek.

First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev reported on the preparedness of state forest owners for the fire-dangerous season of the current year.

The total area of the state forest fund (SFF) of the country is 29.8 million hectares. The main reason for the spread of fire is the weak physical infrastructure of forest institutions, as well as the absence of fire watch towers.

In preparation for the fire season of 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture conducted a set of preparatory measures. The Plan for Prevention and Elimination of Forest and Steppe Fires in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been approved, and cooperation plans for combating forest fires of the forestry structural divisions of regional Akimats, environmental protection institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture and subordinate organizations of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan were coordinated.

According to A. Yevniyev, 244 fire fighting vehicles were repaired and are fully operational, and 460 wheeled tractors are ready for operation.

The issue of space monitoring of the state of the forest fund and forest fires has been worked out jointly with Gharysh Sapary JSC.

In order to timely detect and eliminate forest fires, the forces of the State Enterprise Kazavialesohrana this year will carry out air patrols in eight regions of the republic on an area of 8.869 million hectares or 30% of the state forest fund of the Republic, � A. Yevniyev concluded.

Following the consideration of the reports of the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Agriculture, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that this year, according to Kazhydromet’s forecasts, in some regions of the Republic, the temperature is expected to be higher than the norm in summer. These circumstances require increased attention to the issues of ensuring fire safety in the forest and steppe areas of the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Investments and Development together with the Akimats of regions, Astana and Almaty cities are instructed to take measures to improve firefighting infrastructure of nature protection and forestry institutions.

Akimats and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are also instructed to pay special attention to the fire safety of children’s camps, sanatoriums and recreation areas.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, in conjunction with concerned state and local executive bodies, should ensure the high-quality implementation of the interagency Action Plan for the prevention and elimination of forest-steppe fires.

Control over this issue is entrusted to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture U. Shukeyev.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan