Kyrgyzstan’s fire service ignored for past 18 years
"Kyrgyzstan's fire fighting service has been ignored for the past 18 years," Kybanychbek Tashiev, the Minister of Emergency Situations said Wednesday during the parliament's session on Fire Security Bill, 24.kg reported.
Since its independence Kyrgyzstan has not received any new fire engines. "However, the situation has changed for the better and during this year we have received 73 vehicles. This is the biggest purchase in Kyrgyz history. But we still lack transportation, so there is a need of additional purchasing," Tashiev said.
Meanwhile, special attention is now paid to the fire houses, most of which were a poor sight until quite recently. "Now we finish construction of 10 new fire houses across the country," the minister added.
The minister pinpointed that the salary of the fire fighters has been raised, which restored the authority of this profession.