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Members of the search and rescue team V.A. Polyakov of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for the Sakhalin Region and the crew of the Mi-8 helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia conducted a practical training in landing in the daytime and at night using a standard hydraulic winch.

Before the start of the training, all participants underwent the necessary briefing, checked the serviceability and reliability of all equipment for the descent, the reliability of fastening safety systems, carabiners.

Training descents took place in two stages. Rescuers made a descent to the limited space of the roof of the training tower, standing on the territory of the detachment. The second descent was made on the unfinished building of the nautical school of the city of Korsakov, the third descent was worked out in a wooded area. Similar descents took place at night. The height of the slopes was 15-20 meters. They involve the development of skills for landing with equipment on complex and unprepared sites, at any time of the day, in difficult weather conditions. Upon reaching the ground, the rescuer spread his arms to the sides, which in turn was a signal for him to rise.

At the Ozernye Klyuchi airfield in the city of Artyom, rescuers of the search and rescue team of the city of Vladivostok conducted a monthly air training on descents from a MI-8 helicopter. During the event, employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry made 81 descents, of which 54 were in the daytime and 27 were at night. This allowed us to gradually and competently work out actions that can help in an emergency.

Conducting constant training on descents on a winch confirms its necessity. For example, in this way, the crew members were evacuated from the Reisschein vessel, which ran aground on November 9, 2021 off the coast of the find. Rescuers take part in such scheduled training sessions with a winch every month, each time different units of the search and rescue team take part. Training descents are mandatory for passing standards and annual confirmation of qualifications. The lives of people depend on the coherence of actions and the ability of specialists to work in difficult conditions.

Commentary: Deputy Chief of the Search and Rescue Squad. V.A. Polyakova GU EMERCOM of Russia for the Sakhalin Region Nikolai Mikheev.

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