Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who headed the Emergencies Ministry in 1994 – 2012, told in an interview with AiF.ru how the military helps civilian and emergency services to cope with disasters and cataclysms. This year, the army helped to defeat forest fires in Yakutia, providing people and special equipment. & Nbsp;
“ Our army is helping the country. This is how it should always be. For example, in 2010, after a fire in peat bogs, we wrote a report to the President, where I, as Minister of Emergency Situations, suggested that all state aviation should have means of extinguishing fires. Helicopters Mi-26, Ka-27, Mi-8, Il-76 aircraft must have pouring devices & ndash; all without exception. And in the Ministry of Defense as well. The President supported us and funds were allocated for this, '' the minister shared. & Nbsp;
According to him, now the Ministry of Defense has the largest number of “ transport workers '' at its disposal. Il-76 from all state aviation. & Nbsp;
“ We have the largest number of Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters. And all of them, if necessary, are capable of extinguishing fires. Because the country must have sufficient resources that may be needed in emergency situations, '' added Shoigu.
He also said that powerful engineering equipment is used to eliminate some emergencies. For example, a barrage machine & ndash; a tank without a tower, with a huge bulldozer knife. Recently, there were heavy snowfalls in the Jewish Autonomous Region, and it was these vehicles that quickly came to the rescue to clear the roads.
We add that the emergency regime has been in effect in Yakutia since June 23. The head of the republic & nbsp; Aisen Nikolaev & nbsp; stated that & nbsp; the area of all fires registered since the beginning of the season exceeded the record figure for the last ten & nbsp; years, reaching almost 8.5 million hectares. & Nbsp; The amount of damage to the forest fund from wildfires in the Republic of Sakha this year exceeded 3.7 billion rubles. & Nbsp;