IDGC of Centre - the managing organization of IDGC of Centre and Volga Region continues the preparation for the fire hazard period. Power engineers are implementing in the regions of their responsibility (20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation) a plan of mandatory and additional measures to ensure reliable and stable operation of the power grid complex, increase the level of fire protection of power facilities and prevent emergency situations. Their main part should be completed by 10 May 2019.
Before proceeding with the preparatory activities, the company carefully studied and took into account the experience of the passage of fire-hazardous periods of recent years. In particular, this year special attention is paid to identifying and adjusting fire hazardous sections of overhead lines, arranging firebreak strips, cleaning security zones of overhead power lines from combustible objects, and also digging around poles that may be in the zone of possible ground fires. In addition, in order to prevent fires, work is underway to remove forest residues from routes of overhead power lines.
At present, employees of specialized subdivisions of IDGC of Centre and IDGC of Centre and Volga Region constantly monitor the fire situation. This work is carried out in close cooperation with the territorial divisions of the EMERCOM of Russia and Roshydromet, the state authorities and local governments. Fire-technical commissions of structural subdivisions of the branches of the companies conduct unscheduled inspections of the state of fire safety of facilities assigned to them and an examination of power equipment. Special attention is paid to maintenance of outdoor and indoor switchgears, oil warehouses, auxiliary buildings and structures, workshops, and security zones of overhead power lines and substations. Facilities are also checked for completeness of fire extinguishing equipment.
A large amount of work is also being carried out in terms of preparation for the fire hazard period of the companies’ employees. Dedicated specialists conduct briefings for production personnel on fire safety rules and actions in case of a fire. In all branches of IDGC of Centre and IDGC of Centre and Volga Region, joint trainings and exercises are planned with participation of the executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, territorial divisions of the EMERCOM of Russia, local authorities, representatives of other organizations and subjects of the electric power industry to work out the interaction in case of elimination of emergency situations with the threat of power failure in the period of high temperatures. According to their results, plans of joint activities are developed in case of such situations.
In total, in IDGC of Centre and IDGC of Centre and Volga Region, in the aftermath of technological violations, including fires, 168 mobile emergency recovery crews of more than 1,000 people and more than 330 automotive and specialized vehicles can be involved.
In addition, the power engineers conduct an active outreach work with the population, recommending citizens to take extra caution during the fire hazard period, to prevent the occurrence of emergencies.
The full implementation of fire prevention measures significantly reduces the risk of fire and economic damage from them. Therefore, the company takes all possible measures to minimize the likelihood of fire at power facilities and to ensure reliable and uninterrupted power supply to consumers.