NGOs of Altaisky Region learned to effectively patrol protected areas
Field training on protection and fire-fighting on regional protected areas and was initiated by WWF, Ecological Active NGO and Altaipriroda State Budget Authority. About 20 inspectors of the regional refuges and local non-governmental organizations attended the workshop. The experts had tw0-day-long training with best experts in Russia: Mikhail Kreindlin, protected areas expert of Greenpeace Russia and Grigory Kuksin, the Head of Firefighting Program of Greenpeace Russia.
Apart from lectures the training organizers delivered a brand new specific mobile fire-fighting vehicle made by famous Russian UAZ car company. From now the inspectors of the regional protected areas in Altaisky region can operate the vehicle and fight fire themselves long before the team of professional forest firefighters reach the fire site. The vehicle is equipped with water reservoir, motor pump and high-pressure device.
The workshop participants had a chance to field test the fire fighting vehicle right during the training. The rangers learned how to operate the vehicle and equipment such as motor pump, knapsack forest fire extinguishers, leaf blowers, firehoses. The teams of participants had a practical assignment to fight fire and everyone did well.