Extreme natural and climatic conditions, remoteness from the main industrial centres and lack of year-round road transport communications require special training of rescue services in the Arctic.
The head of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) has announced large-scale exercises of rescuers in the Arctic in 2024. This will be the third exercises in the Arctic region under the leadership of the Russian EMERCOM. This time the task will be complicated since the exercises will be conducted during the polar night.
Ensuring safety in the extreme Arctic conditions requires special approaches: from working methods, characteristics of equipment and special vehicles to the diet of specialists. We are constantly testing all of this during the exercises, the head of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said.
Rescuers will test samples of emergency rescue equipment during the upcoming exercises. The polar night will be a prerequisite for the event, which should significantly improve the quality of the exercise results.
Today, the safety of Russia’s Arctic is ensured by 6 professional emergency rescue teams of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The exercises aim to ensure the constant readiness of forces and means of the elimination of emergency situations, to reduce the response time in case of emergency, and most importantly - to increase the level of safety of the population living in hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic.
Large-scale exercises in the Russian Arctic have been held since 2021. The second Safe Arctic 2023 exercises were held from 6 to 7 April 2023 in the Arctic. 39 representatives from 13 countries took part in the last rescuer exercises, namely from the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Serbia, Nigeria, Kyrgyz Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Iran, Laos, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and Kingdom of Eswatini.