Learning to save people’s lives
“At the beginning I had doubts, I was scared. I will remember my first parachute jump for the rest of my life,” confesses Robert Shakirov.
In his career, a rescue worker will face a variety of extremely hazardous situations. Although each operation is unique, the constant drills mean the rescuers will not be fazed by any situation – be it putting out a fire, saving a drowning man, or pulling someone from a burning car. Unfortunately, no amount of training can compare to what happens in reality.
Twenty years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake that claimed nearly 25,000 lives in then-soviet Armenia prompted the creation of Russia’s specialist rescue service. Since then, the rescuers have been faced with a string of major natural and technological disasters.
Just this August, a devastating explosion at a Siberian hydroelectric station killed more than seventy people. Man-made disasters alone took the lives of more than 4,000 Russians last year.
As a result of their work over the years, the Emergency Ministry has become one of the most trusted government agencies, and one of the most necessary.