Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast, 11 November 2020 – The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine have made a large donation of technical equipment worth U.S. $110,000 (or over UAH 3 million) to rescue units of the Main Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) in Donetsk Oblast.
Thanks to purchases made by UNDP under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with financial support from the European Union, rescuers in Donetsk Oblast received a quadcopter, diving equipment, radio- and meteorological stations, a broadcasting system, an underwater metal detector, and a system for wireless underwater communications.
The coordinator of the Social Cohesion and Community Security Component of the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, Rustam Pulatov, said the purchased equipment would help boost the efficiency of the work done by the rescuers in eastern Ukraine who are risking their lives on daily basis.
“The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on for many years, remains a serious challenge to the security of communities, but thanks to the dedicated work and efforts of Ukrainian rescuers, communities are becoming much safer,” Pulatov said. “We’re grateful to the rescuers for their critical work, and together with our European partners we will continue to develop technical capacities of the SES.”
The donated equipment will be used to tackle natural and human-caused emergencies, as well as for carrying out emergency and rescue missions and work to search for explosive remnants, both on land, and in the water area of the Sea of Azov. In addition, by improving the technical equipment of air reconnaissance units, it will be possible to more quickly eliminate wildfires and cases of arson, which were particularly prevalent in Ukraine this year.
The transfer of the equipment also featured the official presentation of the “SES-101” mobile application for rapid responding to emergencies, which can already be downloaded for iOS and Android smartphones. Its development was based on the principles of accessibility, so that people with disabilities can easily use the application to communicate with emergency services.
The application provides the following main features:
- urgent calls to the SES, so users can notify rescuers of an emergency as quickly as possible;
- notifications about a dangerous object can be sent through the application, indicating not only the physical location, but also adding an accompanying description and photos;
- The Alphabet of Safety” section, with useful information of types of emergencies and how to respond to them;
- The Map Section, showing the location of the nearest SES rescue station.
Oleksii Migrin, Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Donetsk Oblast, said the mobile application will significantly increase the level of assistance to the population in any emergencies, as well as improve the communication process between citizens and the SES.
“We’ve been working on the development of this mobile application for almost a year, and it has been working in test mode since September,” Migrin said. “Thanks to this development, the process of informing the population will be improved, which will be especially relevant this winter, for example, during snowstorms.”
Software development, the special training of dispatchers, technical support, and the purchase of specialized computer equipment to ensure the functioning of the mobile application were carried out under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with the financial support of the European Union.
Under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, rescuers from Donetsk Oblast are being provided with regular support: Earlier in August they received digital communication equipment, and in July the oblasts units received technical equipment worth U.S. $70,000.
The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
Thirteen international partners support the Programme: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland & the UK.
Maksym Kytsiuk, Communications Associate, UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, email@example.com, +380 63 576 1839