The Government is taking all possible measures to enhance fire safety during the dry season, Senior Vice Prime Minister Andriy Klyuev said at the meeting of the Government, Cabinet's press office reported.
Klyuyev noted amid hot weather it was decided on the need to strengthen measures to prevent possible fires in the forests. Thus, ministries, departments and local executive authorities were instructed to enter fire-prevention measures.
However, according to the First Vice PM, despite the preventive measures, and existing restrictions on visits to forests throughout the territory of Ukraine, on July 28 in the two areas (Severodonetsk and Novoaydarsk) of Luhansk region the forest were in fire that within a few hours covered an area more than 200 hectares. "Only through a comprehensive engagement and well-coordinated actions of ground and air forces, it was possible to extinguish it less than in one day," Klyuyev said and added that the threat of fire remains.
According to him, on behalf of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, the Cabinet of Ministers set up operational headquarters for coordination between central and regional executive authorities in case of emergency; similar headquarters are established in all the regions.
Andriy Klyuyev also noted that in case of fire suppression the forces available and the technical means of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Agrarian Policy, State Border Service, State Timber Enterprise, the Council of Ministers of Crimea and local authorities are to be involved in.
However, according to First Vice Prime Minister, the Ministry of Defense is to pay special attention to daily monitoring in warehouses of ammunition and weapons: "We have no right for a recurrence of the situation that occurred in previous years in Novobohdanivka and Lozova towns.Andriy Klyuyev also drew attention of citizens to respect the rules of personal safety: "I want once again to appeal to the citizens - be mindful of your health and the health of children, avoid the threat for heat stroke, comply strictly with fire safety rules to protect the state, public and personal property.
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