Over 1,700 personnel of Russian emergencies ministry, space monitoring will help ensure security at Sochi Olympics
Space monitoring capabilities will be used to forecast possible emergencies during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Alexander Kazlikin, head of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's Krasnodar Territory branch, said.
"The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's forces of 1,744 people and 260 units of equipment have been deployed in order to maintain the security of guests and participants in the Olympic Games. A system of monitoring and emergencies forecasting has been put in place, including space monitoring," Kazlikin said during a conference call at the Emergency Situations Ministry.
The main operations center, the security operations headquarters, the transport and energy operations headquarters and the Health Ministry will work in close coordination ahead and during the Games, he said.
"Employees of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry have been deployed to all of the Olympic sites and places where guests and athletes will stay. Fire safety monitoring will be carried out," he said.
More than 80 training events and over 600 preventive programs have been conducted, e said.
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said in response to Kazlikin's report that it was necessary to arrange "cooperation in the region with all of the structures responsible for preparing the events linked with the Olympics."
"You should make decisions promptly on the spot. I would ask you to pay special attention to the need to maintain the undisrupted functioning of all socially important facilities in the region such as transport, the energy sector and the rest of its infrastructure," Puchkov said.