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International technical aid to build fire station near Augustow Canal in Belarus

Society 11.01.2019 | 19:25
Sergei Shparlo. An archive photo
Sergei Shparlo. An archive photo

GRODNO, 11 January (BelTA) – Plans have been made to build a fire station in the town of Sopotskin not far from the Augustow Canal as part of an international technical aid project, BelTA learned from Sergei Shparlo, Head of the Grodno Oblast Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, on 11 January.

The fire station will be built as part of the Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 cross-border cooperation program financed by the European Union. The financing of a number of other projects of the program with a budget of about €2 million has also been authorized. One of the projects provides for buying an aerial ladder able to reach heights of at least 50m.

Another project of the program has a budget of about €300,000. The money will be spent on buying vehicles and equipment for the Grodno Oblast Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry. The projects are supposed to be implemented in 2019-2020.

Vigorous work was done in Grodno Oblast in 2018 to improve the physical infrastructure and equipment of the local firefighters using money of the central state budget and the oblast one. For instance, a fire station was built in Ostrovets as well as a 51-apartment house for firefighters and their families. Facilities in Grodno, Zelva, and Volkovysk were modernized. Deliveries of new modern vehicles and equipment continued last year. In particular, heavy tank trucks able to carry 8 tonnes and 10 tonnes of water were acquired as well as modern cars.

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