In order to establish relations with international partners, the Main Department appeals to public organizations of Ukraine. Since 2017, cooperation with the Tauride Christian Institute (TCI) has continued. Thanks to the organizational skills of his rector, Valentin Blue, that succeeded in creating cooperation with fire assistanig missions of the United States of America.
With help of TCI, the Main Department cooperates with the American Fire Assistance Missions IFRM and AFM. Meetings with US delegations at the level of the management of SESU and Kherson Regional State Administration were held. The issues of developing long-term relations and practical assistance in reforming the operational and rescue civil protection service in accordance with the Reform Strategy approved by the Government have been worked out with the management of the missions.
AFM sent to Kherson a sea container with fire equipment and tools with a total weight of about 7 tons. The arrival of the container in Kherson customs is scheduled for May 28 of the current year. All property is transferred free of charge, as humanitarian aid. In August 2019, arrival of another 8 US fire service officers to Kherson region for a series of trainings is scheduled.
Considering that the prevention and effective extinguishing of forest fires is one of the priorities of Kherson firefighters, with the help of TCI the relations with the American Forest Service were establish, whose representative visited Kherson region in May of this year. The projects that this service introduces on the territory of Ukraine work primarily in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl NPP. Now they will also deal with the Kherson forests, reserves and national parks. This will contribute to the effectiveness of extinguishing fires, their prevention or reduction of consequences.
Kherson firefighters hope to continue cooperation with international organizations, including with the assistance of the Tauride Christian Institute.