On the eve of the Day of the forest, celebrated this year on September 18 in Smolensk, a ceremony handing the keys to the best new cars of forest areas.
In 2011, thanks to the regional target program "Preservation and protection of forests from fires," as well as the support of the federal budget, was acquired by the most modern fire-fighting equipment: vysokoprohodimye fire trucks, bulldozers, tractors, trailers, foaming agents, and more.
Speaking at the ceremony, the governor of the Smolensk region, Sergei Antufiev said:
"About 42 percent of the area is covered by forests. From the way you and I shall deal with this wealth will determine the future of our region. That is why we have decided to allocate annually for equipment and maintenance of the forest fire service 80 million rubles from the regional budget. For the money I purchased 38 pieces of equipment, from the federal budget — 25 units. The following year, the development of the new service will be continued. "