August 17, 2022
Firefighters fight to keep an eye on fires close to Chernobyl
Firefighters fight to keep an eye on fires close to Chernobyl

The blaze has burned through over 3,000 hectares in a week
Firefighters in Ukraine are working to bring forest fires under control in the area around the former Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
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A firefighter is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten life, property, and the environment as well as to rescue people and animals from dangerous situations.
The complexity of modern, industrialized life has created an increase in the skills needed in firefighting technology. The fire service, also known in some countries as the fire brigade or fire department, is one of the three main emergency services. From urban areas to aboard ships, firefighters have become ubiquitous around the world.
The skills required for safe operations are regularly practiced during training evaluations throughout a firefighter’s career. Initial firefighting skills are normally taught through local, regional, or state-approved fire academies or training courses. Depending on the requirements of a department, additional skills and certifications such as technical rescue and pre-hospital medicine may also be acquired at this time.
Firefighters work closely with other emergency response agencies such as the police and emergency medical service. A firefighter’s role may overlap with both. Fire investigators or fire marshals investigate the cause of a fire. If the fire was caused by arson or negligence, their work will overlap with law enforcement. Firefighters also frequently provide some degree of emergency medical service, in addition to working with full-time paramedics.
The basic tasks of firefighters include fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, basic first aid, and investigations. Firefighting is further broken down into skills which include: size-up, extinguishing, ventilation, search and rescue, salvage, containment, mop up and overhaul.

Firefighters struggle to control fires near Chernobyl

About struggle
The struggle may refer to:

The plant was the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986.

The blaze has burned through over 3,000 hectares in a week and elevated radiation levels have been recorded near the fires.

Firefighters struggle to control fires near Chernobyl

The Chornobyl power station contaminated a large swathe of Europe when its fourth reactor exploded in April 1986, with the area immediately around the plant the worst affected.

People are not allowed to live within 30km of the power station, which is some 100km north of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

The three other reactors at Chornobyl continued to generate electricity until the power station finally closed in 2000.

A giant protective dome was put in place over the fourth reactor in 2016.

Fires occur regularly in the forests near the Chornobyl power plant.

The Ukrainian government has mobilized helicopters and firefighting planes to drop water on the fire.

Police said the blaze broke out after a man set fire to dry grass near the exclusion zone.

The man was detained by police.

Last weekend, Yegor Firsov, acting head of Ukraine’s state ecological inspection service, said in a Facebook post that radiation levels at the center of the fire were higher than normal.

However, government agencies rejected that finding, and Mr. Firsov himself later withdrew his remarks.

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