On February 11, a meeting of the Deputy Head of the SES of Ukraine Ruslan Biloshytskyi and the volunteers of the Canadian Project of firefighter humanitarian aid “Firefighter Aid for Ukraine - Amigo Relief Missions Ltd.” Kevin Royle and Andrew Boichenko took place in Kyiv City.
During the meeting the parties discussed the continuation of further international cooperation between Ukraine and Canada, as well as the issues of improving the equipment of the fire and rescue units of the Service in the framework of the Project implementation.
Ruslan Biloshytskyi thanked the Canadian volunteers for their invaluable contribution to improving the material and technical base of the SESU.
“The socio-economic situation in the country is improving, but not as fast as it would be desirable. The material and technical base that remained from the Soviet-era past is morally and physically obsolete and requires the considerable funds for renewal. That is why your assistance, provided in 2017 within the framework of the Project through Lviv Regional Organization of the Voluntary Fire Society of Ukraine and with the assistance of the сlub of Rotary, will significantly increase the capacity of our rescuers and protect the personnel from injury in the course of performing the assigned tasks”, - said Ruslan Biloshytskyi .
In his turn, Head of the Humanitarian Aid Project firefighter Kevin Royle noted that the previous meetings with Ukrainian rescuers are needed to better understand the needs of each region, as well as to meet with local clubs of Rotary, emergency response managers, government officials and officials of local self-government in these areas.
“We hope to discuss the logistics and mission details, to get feedback. Our goal is to deliver fire equipment to six oblasts of Ukraine. We also intend to help those regions that were recipients of our first mission. The program is growing and we hope to exceed the planned figures for the number of equipment”, - said Kevin Royle.
This is a reminder that there are about 100 sets of personal protective clothing for each area, including combat boots, helmets, and cuffs and much more from fire brigades and businesses from the province of Alberta and Canada in general.