Russia: 7,000+ fight massive Siberia wildfires – nearly 100 homes and social facilities burned (Vesti) – Published 28 Apr 2017 1920z (GMT/UTC)

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“FEMA and the Department of Defense stepped up in Siberia, where Raging wildfires.

Now in the Federal District with fire fighting more than 7 thousand people and 2 thousand units. In a region already transferred aviation: aircraft IL-76 and “amphibian be-200. At any time to help firefighters ready to come over 25 000 soldiers from the reserve of the Ministry of defence. The military also provided nearly three dozen Army helicopters for aerial reconnaissance.

Fight fire with rescue workers hampered by weather, reports tv channel “Russia 24”. Strong wind provokes new ignition. The fire covered thousands of hectares of forest, including — near human settlements.

In hazardous areas remain towns in Irkutsk oblast and Buryatia. On the eve there already burned nearly 100 homes and social facilities. The fire has so far sent to relatives in hotels and temporary accommodation. For people organized a gathering of aid they will receive compensation. Regional authorities have promised to provide victims new housing or materials for the construction of houses” – Vesti (Translated by Bing) April 30, 2017 06:10

However Russia’s EMERCOM (April 30, 2017 08:01) stated that ther wildfire situation in Krasnoyarsk Territory is under control – all settlements are safe 

“The Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has conducted a meeting of the Governmental Emergency Response Committee dedicated to fire safety in the Siberian Federal District.

It was mentioned that by decision of the Governmental Commission, the Emergency Situation mode of operation was enabled in all constituent territories of Siberia and special fire fighting regime was enabled in many municipalities.

“from 25 to 28 April, more than 2000 fires were put out by joint efforts of the Federal and regional fire departments, patrol groups of the municipalities and other services. More than 150 settlements in 22 municipalities were saved from fires”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

Fire fighters and especially “The Institute of Village Elders” actively instruct population on fire safety. More than 95% of fires that occurred in KrasnoyarskTerritory were taken under control within the first day.

More than 700 administrative infractions for dry grass burning and campfire building were given by the Emergencies Ministry’s specialists in KrasnoyarskTerritory since beginning of 2017. Forestry workers already fined more than 3.7 million rubles.

The First Deputy Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Chairman of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Government, Viktor Tomenko reported that since 25 April the region experiences heat wave with strong wind gusting. The situation is the same, as in Khakassia in 2015, where people died due in major fires. Since 20 April special fire fighting regime was enabled in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

“Despite all taken preventive measures we detected several major violation of the regime by citizens. Due to casual handling of fire, nine houses were destroyed in 5 settlements of three municipalities”, said Viktor Tomenko. 15 people lost their houses. Nobody was killed or injured. According to Tomenko, all payments will be carried out from the regional budget and assistance from the federal budget is not required.

While mentioning forest fires, the Vice-Governor pointed out that these fires have no threat to settlements.

Despite this, a ground force consisting of more than 27,000 people and 1,500 units of equipment was created to protect the settlements in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

According to daily monitoring, the air is nor contaminated and there is no threat to health of KrasnoyarskTerritory residents.

“We completed the most important objective – we prevented human casualties. According to order of the Russian President Vladimir Putin we carry out comprehensive preventive efforts, provide aid and support to every affected person. All affected families must immediately receive compensations. I ask all social workers to take such cases under special control and help people to draft necessary documents”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

The Emergencies Minister also pointed out that many people will leave towns for May Holidays. For that reason, it is necessary to organize additional efforts and protect all recreational sites. Vladimir Puchkov underlined that as a lot of people will go to their summer residences from towns, the motorways may get overloaded and he ordered Traffic Police to check once again preparedness of roads.

“We must not forget that spring flood is still ongoing and that requires additional work and preventive efforts. On one hand, wildfire risks are gradually decreasing, while on the other a lot of people leaving towns for holidays, skyrocketing these risks”, said the Minister.

Vladimir Puchkov also asked KrasnoyarskTerritory to assist Buryatia and Irkutsk Region in combating wildfires.

“KrasnoyarskTerritory has powerful group of personnel, this is why I ask you to organize cooperation with border constituents, such as Buryatia and Irkutsk Region that have adverse wildfire situation and unfavorable weather forecasts, provide necessary aid to stop fire spreading towards KrasnoyarskTerritory. Aircraft and ground forces are already fight fires there”, said Vladimir Puchkov.”

Source: http://en.mchs.ru/

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UK: RAF Search & Rescue Role Ends After 74 Years – Published 04 Oct 2015 1925z (GMT/UTC)

RAF Search & Rescue Role Ends After 74 Years

PROUD RECORD: 34,025 Call-outs completed and 26,853 lives saved

The RAF's final operational search and rescue sortie comes to an end at RMB Chivenor at 12.07 on 4 October 2015. (Image: RAF)

The RAF’s final operational search and rescue sortie comes to an end at RMB Chivenor at 12.07 on 4 October 2015. (Image: RAF)

More than 74 years of continuous life-saving operations by the Royal Air Force in the UK came to an end at 1.00pm today, when the Chivenor duty search and rescue crew was formally relieved from its standby commitment by the United Kingdom Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre. The finale for RAF Search and Rescue in the UK was ‘business as usual’ with a final search and rescue operation taking place in the early hours of this morning.

The crew of the RAF's final operational UK search and rescue sortie: (left to right) Wing Commander 'Sparky' Dunlop (captain and Officer Commanding 22 Squadron), Sergeant Dan Allanson, Sergeant Russ Jenkins and Flight Lieutenant 'PJ' Howard. (Image: RAF)

The crew of the RAF’s final operational UK search and rescue sortie: (left to right) Wing Commander ‘Sparky’ Dunlop (captain and Officer Commanding 22 Squadron), Sergeant Dan Allanson, Sergeant Russ Jenkins and Flight Lieutenant ‘PJ’ Howard. (Image: RAF)

Chivenor is the last of the RAF’s 6 search and rescue bases to hand over responsibility for helicopter search and rescue provision to Bristow Helicopters Ltd.

Official search and rescue statistics show that since 1983 the RAF’s 6 units completed 34,025 callouts and rescued 26,853 persons in distress.

The final RAF crew to hold operational search and rescue standby commitment in the UK: (left to right) Sergeant Doug Bowden, Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, Flight Lieutenant Christian 'Taff' Wilkins and Flight Sergeant Chris Scurr.(Image: RAF)

The final RAF crew to hold operational search and rescue standby commitment in the UK: (left to right) Sergeant Doug Bowden, Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, Flight Lieutenant Christian ‘Taff’ Wilkins and Flight Sergeant Chris Scurr.(Image: RAF)

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BBC

Chivenor hands over air rescue services to private firm

AgustaWestland AW189 in Coastguard livery operated by Bristow

AgustaWestland AW189 in Coastguard livery operated by Bristow

An RAF air rescue team based at Chivenor in north Devon has handed over its role to a private firm.

Bristow took over from the military at RMB Chivenor at 13:00 BST and will fly out of St Athan in south Wales.

The handover was delayed by four days because Bristow said it needed extra time.

Aberdeen-based Bristow won a 10-year contract to take over the service, which is being privatised around the UK.

The £1.6bn search and rescue deal with Bristow ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and Royal Navy.

END

Well done RAF! – Goaty 🙂

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Scotland: Helicopter ditches in North Sea off Shetland – 4 oil workers dead (named), 14 others rescued – 240813 1635z

Three people were missing after a helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea off the coast of Scotland on Friday.

The Coastguard said 15 people had been rescued and were taken to hospital, but three are unaccounted for.

The incident happened near the Shetland Islands, northeast of Edinburgh, and involved a Super Puma helicopter taking 16 passengers and two crew members to and from oil and gas platforms.

The Department of Transport issued an statement on behalf on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch stating it was “aware of incident” and has deployed a team. An air and sea search is continuing, with three helicopters and two lifeboats involved.

“Our two lifeboats are searching for those three unaccounted for,” said Tim Ash, a spokesman for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Wreckage from the crash has been spotted, said Ash, who added that rescue teams were dealing with strong tides and poor visibility. “Winds are not particularly strong but visibility is not good. Those are the circumstances that our volunteers are facing,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard said two life rafts from the helicopter were located and found empty.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013 at 04:21 (04:21 AM) UTC RSOE

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Helicopter Crash: Four Dead In North Sea

SKY NEWS 2:46pm UK, Saturday 24 August 2013

The helicopter suffered a “catastrophic loss of power” and ended up upside down in the North Sea, triggering a massive rescue.

“Police have named the four oil workers who died after a helicopter ditched into the sea on its way to Shetland.

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The victims are: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan , 59, from Inverness; and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

The Super Puma L2 went down at approximately 6.27pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh airport as it was returning to Shetland from the Borgsten Dolphin platform.

The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew.

“The bodies of three people have been recovered and work is underway to recover the body of the fourth person,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

Shetland helicopter crash
At least three of the dead had trouble escaping the upturned helicopter

The body of the fourth victim is understood to be in the wreckage of the aircraft.

All the families have been informed.

A search operation involving coastguard, police, RAF and local lifeboats was able to rescue 14 people from the sea, including the two crew. They were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

“Five were discharged and nine detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure,” the police statement said.

The helicopter is reported to be in several pieces but the wreckage has now been secured by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

A victim is stretchered
One of the rescued workers is moved on a stretcher

Helicopter operator CHC, which operates in 30 countries, said on its website that it was temporarily suspending all Super Puma L2 flights worldwide as a precaution.

It has also suspended flights in Aberdeen “as a mark of respect”.

Amanda Smith, the mother of one of the workers, Sam Smith, said that her son had telephoned her from hospital after suffering cuts in the crash.

She told Sky News: “He said it seemed to lose power and there was no time to brace, they just dropped into the sea.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people. It didn’t seem real, I would say two hours later it’s just beginning to sink in.”

CHC said it was flying for French oil company Total and that the aircraft had lost communication as it approached the airport on the southern tip of Shetland’s main island.

Victims of the crash walking from the coastguard rescue helicopter
Some of those rescued were able to walk unaided after the rescue

The four people who died were working for Total through contractor organisations.

A CHC spokesman said: “The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for CHC, expressed his “heartfelt sympathies to all those involved” but said the company would not be speculating about the cause of the crash.

Investigators from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are looking into the incident.

The helicopter was upside down in the water when rescuers arrived, said Sky’s James Matthews in Aberdeen.

“At least three of the four who died had trouble getting out of the wreckage. One body remains in there this morning,” said Matthews.

The survivors were aided by waterproof immersion suits that helped keep them afloat and warm in the North Sea.

The tide – which was heading towards the land – also helped survivors.

Jim Nicholson, RNLI rescue co-ordinator, said: “There appears to have been a catastrophic loss of power which meant the helicopter suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing.”

Last year, two Super Puma helicopters ditched in the North Sea only six months apart.

All passengers and crew were rescued in both incidents, which were found to be caused by gearbox problems.

Helicopter crash off Shetland islands
Several helicopters have been involved in the search operation

However, the latest incident marks the fourth in four years involving Super Puma aircraft.

In April 2009, 16 people died when a helicopter returning from BP’s Miller platform crashed 11 miles from Peterhead after a “catastrophic failure” in part of its main gearbox.

The Unite union’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, said the safety record was “unacceptable” and called on the oil and gas industry to use “every means at their disposal to demonstrate that its fleet is fit for purpose”.

Bob Crow, head of the RMT union, said he expected an “outpouring of  anger” after the latest incident.

“The entire Super Puma fleet must remain grounded until the causes of this latest event are established,” said Mr Crow.

 CHC has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.

” – SKY NEWS

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Shetland Helicopter Crash: Four Fatalities

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Shetland Helicopter Crash Four Dead Named

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Published on Aug 24, 2013

They were Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

Three of the four bodies have been recovered. Police Scotland confirmed 14 others were rescued.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed west of Sumburgh Airport at about 18:20 BST on Friday.

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way.

RNLI rescue co-ordinator Jim Nicholson said the helicopter – carrying workers from an oil rig – apparently suffered a “catastrophic loss of power”.

He said it appeared the aircraft had “suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing”.
Amanda Smith, whose son Sam was on the helicopter, told Sky News it suddenly lost power and those on board had “no time to brace”.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over,” she said.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people, [those] were his words.”

Tim Ripley, an aviation expert with Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the BBC there were “many possible scenarios” behind the helicopter crash.

He said: “The most common one at low level for aircraft and helicopters is bird strikes.

“If one of these helicopters ingested a bird it would cause a very, very nasty accident.

“But it doesn’t seem like that because we have no reports of collisions, which points towards a failure of the engine and the mechanical systems on the helicopter.”

A total of 18 people were on board the helicopter.The 14 survivors, including the two crew members, were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Police Scotland said five were discharged a short time later and nine were detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure.

The ditched helicopter was found broken into several pieces up against rocks.

Boats, including a ferry and a cargo ship, joined lifeboat crews from Lerwick and Aith and helicopters from the coastguard, RAF Lossiemouth and two Bond rescue helicopters to search for survivors.

The AS332 L2 helicopter, carrying passengers crew from the Borgsten Dolphin oil rig in the North Sea, was operated by CHC for Total, taking people to and from oil and gas installations.

Oil firm Total confirmed that the three men and one woman who died all worked for contract organisations.

‘Lost power’
Earlier, Mr Nicholson told the BBC the helicopter had been in a “fairly inaccessible position… near the cliffs”, with weather in the area not “particularly good”.
A CHC spokesman confirmed that an L2 aircraft landed in the water, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh on Friday.

“The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control,” he said.

In a later statement, the company said the cause of the incident was unknown but Super Puma L2 flights would be suspended worldwide.

“Also, in deference to the incident and the investigation, we are suspending all flights [on] Saturday by our UK operations,” the company added.

Bond Offshore Helicopters also said it would not be operating any of its Super Puma aircraft fleet, with the exception of its Jigsaw rescue aircraft which would be available for life at risk missions.

Michael Bull, whose son Samuel was rescued, said: “We understand he was on his way back from a rig and the helicopter lost power suddenly and immediately ditched into the water.

“He managed to escape straight away because he was right by an exit and I understand soon afterwards that the helicopter turned over.”

Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew retrieve helicopter wreckage in Shetland

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Published on Aug 24, 2013

Aith Lifeboat crew tow Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the sea off Sumburgh, Shetland, on the night of 23/24 August 2013. Four lives were lost from the helicopter.

 

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