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21 January 2021, 14:25

Belarusian, Finnish firefighters discuss fighting electric vehicle fires

Photo courtesy of the Emergencies Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Emergencies Ministry

MINSK, 21 January (BelTA) – Belarusian and Finnish firefighters have discussed the organization of work in the course of fighting fires in electric vehicles, the press service of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry told BelTA.

Modern automobile technologies from the point of view of salvage and rescue operations were discussed by participants of a seminar held as part of the twinning project on strengthening the Emergencies Ministry of the Republic of Belarus. The seminar took place in the Civil Protection University of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry in the form of a video conference with Finland.

An engineer of the automobile engineering company Audi and a Finnish volunteer firefighter told participants of the seminar about design peculiarities and the functionality of electric vehicles. The Finnish firefighter shared his colleagues' experience of extinguishing fires in such vehicles. Specialists of the Emergency Response and Rescue Services Office of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, the ministry's special assignments rescue unit, the Minsk Oblast branch and the Minsk city branch of the Emergencies Ministry, professors and lecturers of the Civil Protection University, employees of the Fire Safety and Emergency Problems Institute took part in the seminar.

The Emergencies Ministry press service reminded that the seminar is a continuation of Belarusian-Finnish joint work launched as part of a recent visit of Head of the Operations Division of the Helsinki City Rescue Department Kimmo Tuominen. During that visit specialists from Belarus and Finland shared their best practices and experience concerning the organization of evacuation from high-rise buildings and firefighting in such buildings. They also compared the approaches to the matter that exist in Belarus and Finland. Ways to modernize tactical training facilities of Belarusian firefighters were also discussed.

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