The Emergencies Ministry will begin using firefighting robots and miniature aircraft for monitoring emergency sites. Samples of the new equipment were demonstrated to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Civil Defense Academy of the Ministry of Emergencies on Friday.
The federal budget will allocate 43 billion rubles to re-equip the Ministry of Emergencies.
The prime minister visited mobile emergency response headquarters. According to Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu, the headquarters can be set up in a couple of hours. Rescue workers showed the prime minister a Mi-8 helicopter that can be converted into a mobile hospital or command unit, if necessary.