MINSK, 27 June (BelTA) – The Emergencies Ministry can protect national interests of Belarus. State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich made the statement during a special tactics exercise for Emergencies Ministry units, BelTA has learned.
According to Aleksandr Volfovich, the head of state wants the Emergencies Ministry to contribute to law and order enforcement. “Certainly, the main task of the Emergencies Ministry is to deal with consequences of man-caused emergencies, put out fires, rescue people, and so on. However, Emergencies Ministry personnel have been issued firearms and they can enhance forces of the Internal Affairs Ministry, can enhance territorial troops if necessary, and ensure the protection of national interests of the country for the sake of security of our citizens,” the official noted. “Apart from external pressure, which threatens the security of our country right now, opponents, self-exiled opposition, and leadership of the West constantly try to discredit the situation inside the country.”
Smooth deployment and actions of national security forces and assets is one of the components used to ensure public security in Belarus. It is true for the Internal Affairs Ministry, the border service, the State Security Committee, and the army. “During today's exercise we saw a demonstration of capabilities of Emergencies Ministry personnel as they dealt with various consequences and extinguished fires of different intensity. Virtually all the specimens of the modern hardware of Belarusian make that the Emergencies Ministry uses were put on display,” Aleksandr Volfovich said.
The special tactics exercise for Emergencies Ministry units took place at premises of the Institute for Retraining and Professional Development of the Civil Protection University of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry. A tactical training facility was used to demonstrate modern methods for doing rescue work in the course of dealing with emergencies, which can occur due to acts of terrorism, accidents, and consequences of natural calamities.
Aleksandr Volfovich was made familiar with peculiarities of operation of a proving ground of the Fire Safety and Emergencies Institute and with new samples of fire-fighting and rescue vehicles. Close attention was paid to raising the level of interaction of government agencies and organizations, which joint work is aimed at accomplishing public security tasks.