Sunday, August 20, 2017

Federal budget allocates $750 million for 112 emergency services

The Russian federal government has expanded the 112 emergency services program, allocating $750 million for the project.

The new system was decreed by President Dmitry Medvedev in December 2010 following the spread of large-scale fires in the summer of that year. The decree called for the creation of a single streamlined emergency services system, where all across Russia, people could call "112" in the case of an emergency. The traditional emergency numbers "01," "02" and "03" will still be operational, but all calls across the country will be routed through a central emergency services headquarters, Mir66 reports.

The $750 million allocation will be disbursed by the end of 2017, when the new system should be fully operational throughout the country. During the program, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science will allocate $523 million, and the Health Ministry another $111 million for the project.

A pilot project introduced in the Kursk region showed that the average emergency response time was reduced by 15 to 20 percent with the introduction of a single service. The pilot project also found a reduction in the number of dead and injured by seven to nine percent, according to Mir66.