EMERCOM to re-evaluate employees of rescue and fire units
It is planned to increase the number of fire and rescue units by hiring officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy, and other ministries.
New Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Evgeny Zinichev will held a reevaluation of employees of combat, rescue, and fire units, Life reports citing its sources in the Ministry.
It is also planned to increase the number of combat units of rescuers and firefighters by hiring professionals from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy, and other ministries.
The Ministry’s Deputy Head, Chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Certification of Rescue Services, Rescue Units, and Rescuers, Vladlen Aksenov, will be responsible for the recruitment of new employees and reevaluation of the current EMERCOM employees. At present, 258,500 people serve in the combat units of the Ministry: 251.3 thousand firefighters and 7.2 thousand rescuers.
According to the Interdepartmental Commission for the Certification of Rescue Services, Rescue Units, 80,866 rescuers were certified in 2016, and 78,152 in 2017.
According to Life’s source, Aksenov will gather “real pros” in the central and regional attestation commissions, who will “sift through the real fighters, dropping the dead weight.” Employees of the EMERCOM General Administration of Internal Security established in June 2018 and headed by Stanislav Tsekhanov will also help recruit new employees.
About 100 officers are subordinate to Tsekhanov. Less than 20 of them will serve in the central office in Moscow, and the rest in 85 regional offices throughout the territory of the Russian Federation, where offices of the Ministry of Emergency Situations are located.
The General Administration of Internal Security will check the officers' criminal record, corruption charges, and citizenship of the Russian Federation. EMERCOM General Administration of Internal Security officers in the regions will be subordinated directly to Tsekhanov and will cooperate with their colleagues from the regional FSB and FSB counterintelligence units.
Life’s source notes that the new Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Evgeny Zinichev has complaints about the evaluation of the Ministry employees that existed during the last six years under ex-Head of the Ministry, Vladimir Puchkov. Examination showed that in recent years, the evaluation of rescuers and firefighters was approached formally. In this connection, the employees will be reevaluated.
The Ministry representatives hope that the recertification of employees of fire and rescue units and the recruitment of new employees will help solve the problem of staff shortage. Currently, the fire department lacks 23.1 thousand people, as a result of which the staff number of duty guards does not meet the established requirements. The combat calculation on fire truck is two or three people instead of six. The State Fire Supervision employs 9.8 thousand inspectors, each of whom has more than a thousand objects to supervise.
The shortage of personnel in the Ministry of Emergency Situations is explained by the financial policy of the former Ministry Head. For several years, the budget of the ministry has been consistently decreasing: in 2015, it amounted to 183.4 billion rubles ($2.91 billion), in 2016 it was 172 billion ($2.79 billion), and 168.7 billion ($2.67 billion) in 2017. Last week, at a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Emergency, the new Minister Evgeny Zinichev said by the beginning of 2019, the financing of the Ministry and the number of posts of rescuers and firefighters would be increased.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.