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Over the course of five days, twelve rescuers of the Far Eastern Regional Search and Rescue Unit of the Russian Emergencies Ministry were trained in Khabarovsk. The event was held with the support of the Secretariat of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG, UN OCHA) and in accordance with the requirements of this international organization.

The teaching staff of the course was represented by Russian specialists from the Siberian RPSO and the Centrospas detachment, as well as the Russian-Serbian humanitarian center. In addition, foreign experts from the search and rescue teams of Australia, Great Britain and Japan were involved in the course of videoconferencing for classes on certain topics.

The course participants were personally interviewed by V.A. Soloviev and the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory M.G. Gibadulin.

During theoretical and practical classes, the students studied the current requirements for the functioning of the UN field coordination mechanisms designed to assist the affected state in organizing the arrival of international search and rescue teams and their work in the emergency zone.

Among the innovative solutions presented during the course, it is necessary to note the INSARAG automated USAR coordination management system (ICMS). In cooperation with foreign colleagues, Russian rescuers got acquainted with the principles and peculiarities of using this system by search and rescue units and field coordination centers.

This training course made it possible to significantly increase the level of readiness of the Far Eastern rescuers to undergo certification according to the INSARAG methodology,

which is scheduled for the current year. As part of the upcoming assessment of the detachment’s compliance with UN standards, international experts will arrive in Khabarovsk to assess the detachment’s actions during a 36-hour exercise conducted in conditions as close as possible to real ones.

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