The Russian Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief
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Three new rescue centers to open in Russian Arctic

The Russian Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief plans to put into operation another three emergency response and rescue centers on Russia's Arctic coast this year, RIA Novosti reports.

"In 2015, three Arctic integrated emergency response and rescue centers — in Murmansk, Nadym and Vorkuta — will be brought online. Work will also get underway to create Arctic centers in Tiksi, Anadyr, Pevek and Provideniye," the ministry reports.

At present, there are four rescue centers in the Arctic: in Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, Vyterga and Dudinka. In all, 11 centers are scheduled to be opened.

Rescue centers will be on permanent standby to respond to any emergency in the Arctic. The centers will be highly mobile. They will be equipped with aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, floating craft as well as universal equipment for emergencies, rescues and firefighting.