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15 May 2021, 17:20

Belarusian rescue workers practice looking for survivors under debris during CIS corps exercise

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

MINSK, 15 May (BelTA) – An exercise of the CIS Corps is taking place in Russia as part of the 13th international Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition 2021. Specialists of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry's Zubr unit and their service dogs are taking part in the exercise, BelTA has learned.

According to the Emergencies Ministry press service, rescue workers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan have come to the Noginsk emergency response center of the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters. They are practicing receiving and providing international aid during a major emergency. They have to set up their own base camps and organize the operation of an international field coordinating center. As part of the exercise Belarusian specialists have to find people under debris using service dogs and special equipment.

According to the scenario of the exercise, the national crisis management center of the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters reported an emergency in the Far East and informed the CIS emergency ministries about the need to use resources of the CIS Corps for alleviating consequences of the emergency. Information sharing between duty teams of the emergencies ministries of the CIS member states in the wake of an imaginary earthquake in Russia was practiced during the first stage of the exercise.

The exercise will end in the exercise area of the Noginsk emergency response center on 16 May with a demonstration drill on the final day of the Integrated Safety & Security Exhibition 2021.

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