Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center

New Year 2017 began with a continuation of studies

Base on experience from 2015 and 2016 RSHC continues with holding of thematic lectures at Serbian universities. Of course, it is good to note the huge interest of the Serbian youth in learning about the issues related to emergency services, especially students of specialised faculties of Belgrade and Nis universities and the Academy of Serbian Ministry of Interior. Classes were held by the Center representatives, professional rescuers of Russian EMERCOM. They put a new stream into academic programs.

The first class was held for students of Nis University (the Occupational Safety Faculty) on 12th of January. The informational films about Centrospas unit and humanitarian response during the military operation (Chechnya, 2000) were shown to the students. The rescuer Ivan Sulaev spoke about the history of an elite rescue team, its formation and development, equipping and maintenance. Ivan works in unit more than 20 years, since it was created. “… Centrospas unit have lost 9 rescuers during years of work. That's a lot or a little? Up there someone keeps us and we believe in it ...”– the rescuer said.

The second subject of the class was the EMERCOM humanitarian operation in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, in 2000. It was the epicenter of war. Destruction, hundreds of dead and injured citizens, hunger and suffering were there. “For me it was the hardest operation in psychological way, – Ivan Sulaev spoke, -we, rescuers, searched for people in basements, fed them, gave medicines, evacuated wounded. Many locals did not trust us and did not want our help ...”

At the end the Center representatives met with the dean and faculty staff. They discussed the theme of next lectures, which are planned for 19th and 20th of January.