MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The aviation group of the Central Military District (CVO), involved in extinguishing forest fires in the Republic of Mari El, was reinforced with Mi-8 helicopters from the army aviation of the Central Military District.
In accordance with the decision of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and the instructions of the commander of the troops of the Central Military District (CVD), Colonel General Alexander Lapin, to assist the regional services in extinguishing forest fires, the Mi-8 helicopter of the Army Aviation Brigade of the Central Military District flew from the Orenburg region to the Republic of Mari El with a length of about 1000 kilometers and began to extinguish the fires. Water is discharged to fires in the area of Lake Karasi, 53 kilometers from Yoshkar-Ola.
In the extinguishing of wildfires in the Republic of Mari El, two Mi-8 TsVO helicopters equipped with special spillways VSU-5 are involved. The helicopter crews underwent special training to perform tasks of extinguishing forest fires using a spillway device. To date, the army aviation of the Central Military District provides assistance in extinguishing fires in two regions of Russia: the Republic of Mari El and the Irkutsk region.
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