Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center

Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center

The Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center (RSHC) was established based on the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia dated April 25, 2012, which was signed in the city of Niš (Serbia) by the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation and the Minister of Interior of Serbia. At the same time the Agreement on the approval of the Charter of the Center was signed.

The legal basis for the establishment of the Center was the Agreement between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia on cooperation in the field of humanitarian response, the prevention of natural disasters and man-made accidents and the elimination of their consequences dated October 20, 2009.

RSHC is an intergovernmental humanitarian non-profit organization with the rights of a legal entity. The Center is registered in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with its legislation.

The RSHC was established to provide a number of humanitarian tasks on the territory of Serbia and other countries of the Balkan region. These include:

  • participation in the emergency prevention and elimination measures;
  • humanitarian assistance to people affected by emergencies;
  • implementation of joint projects and programs in the territory of the Republic of Serbia and other countries of the Balkan region;
  • training and professional development of specialists in the field of emergency prevention and response;
  • testing and demonstration of modern fire and rescue equipment and technologies;
  • other tasks that are not contrary to the goals of the Center.

Nowadays the Center has participated in a number of emergency response operations in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.

In May 2014, the Center’s operational response capabilities were demonstrated during the devastating floods in Serbia and other countries in the Balkan region. Russian rescuers were the first to come and help Serbia. During two days, they evacuated over two thousand residents from the flood zone in the town of Obrenovac. As part of this operation, over 140 tons of humanitarian supplies were delivered to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina by air force.

In 2015, the Russian side handed over 18 fire and rescue vehicles, 4 robotic complexes, and 20 Lada Niva vehicles to the fire and rescue units of the Sector of the emergency situations of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.

In the autumn of 2015, 3 temporary shelters for refugees on the Serbian-Macedonian and Hungarian borders were equipped with all necessary supplies organized by the RSHC.

In August 2017, the Center provided the use of a helicopter MI-8 of EMERCOM of Russia in Serbia, which prevented the spread of forest fires.

One of the priorities of the Center is the work on professional trainings, conducting seminars, participation in exhibitions.

In 2019, EMERCOM of Russia and the Ministry of Interior of Serbia conducted the largest specialized international exercises with the Head Quarters in the RSHC.

The Center actively organizes trainings for specialists, engaging the possibilities of higher educational institutions of EMERCOM of Russia. More than 500 specialists of emergency services from the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia were trained in these universities from 2014 to the end of 2018. As well as training camps in Serbia are regularly held with the participation of the Center’s employees.

Understanding the importance of development of the Serbian national educational system in this field, EMERCOM of Russia makes a great contribution to the development of the training base of the Center itself in Nish - in 2014, Serbia got three training classes for the Universities of Belgrade and Nish and the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia. In 2017, a simulator complex the Sturm was delivered from Russia; in 2019, already four training classes are located in the building of the RSHC.

RSHC cooperates with public and educational organizations, assists in organizing recreational and sports children's camps in Serbia, invites Serbian youth to participate in gatherings and camps held in Russia (Noginsk, Kaluga, Rostov-on-Don, Sergiev-Posad, etc.).

The Center takes an active part in the public life of the Republic of Serbia, paying special attention to the historical aspect of the Russian-Serbian friendship. The RSHC erected a monument to the soldiers of the Red Army who had fallen for the liberation of Yugoslavia and three wallboards dedicated to memorable events in the country's life.

Since 2016, the RSHC has being an affiliated member of the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO), and in 2018, it has the status of an educational and logistic center of the ICDO.

In 2019, a permanent exhibition of manufacturers of fire and rescue equipment of Russian and foreign companies was organized at the RSHC.

In future, the Center is seen as a full-fledged international structure that provides aid and assistance in emergency humanitarian response to all the countries of the Balkan region. The Center is open to join by any country or organization that is in solidarity with its goals and objectives.

The Center is managed by Director and Co-Director, who are elected by the Russian and Serbian parties on a rotational basis for a period of two years.

The Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center is located in Nish, Republic of Serbia.

July 2019