Ministry of Emergency Situations (Russia)

The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (Russian: Министерство России по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий), also known as The Ministry of Emergency Situations, MChS (Russian: Министерство по чрезвычайным ситуациям – МЧС России), or internationally as EMERCOM (derived from "Emergency Control Ministry"), is a government agency overseeing the civil emergency services in Russia.

Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters
Министерство по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий
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Ministry Emblem
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Ministry Flag
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Ministry headquarters in Moscow
Agency overview
FormedDecember 27, 1990 (1990-12-27)
Preceding agency
  • Russian Rescue Corps
JurisdictionPresident of Russia
HeadquartersTeatralny proyezd 3, Moscow
55°45′34.88″N 37°37′22.00″E / 55.7596889°N 37.6227778°E / 55.7596889; 37.6227778Coordinates: 55°45′34.88″N 37°37′22.00″E / 55.7596889°N 37.6227778°E / 55.7596889; 37.6227778
Minister responsible
  • Yevgeny Zinichev, Minister for the Affairs of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief
Parent agencyGovernment of Russia
Child agencies
  • The official anthem and marchpast is Sound about the Alarming Youth (Песня о тревожной молодости) by Alexandera Pakhmutova[1]
  • Civil Defence Day (День войск гражданской обороны) is celebrated on 4 October.[2]

Russian President Boris Yeltsin established EMERCOM on January 10, 1994, though the ministry can be traced back to December 27, 1990, when the RSFSR established the Russian Rescue Corps and assigned it the mission of rapid response in the case of emergencies.[3]


The history of civil defence services in Russia traces to the years of Muscovy rule and the 1649 "Direction on Municipal rescue" decree of Tsar Alexis of Russia which officially raised the Moscow Municipal Fire Service, the first active fire department in Russia. When Peter the Great was Tsar, Saint Petersburg was given its own fire department modeled on Western practices of the time. By 1863 it was transformed, by orders of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, as the first ever professional fire service in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Starting in 1932 civil defense matters were performed by the Local Air Defense Units (Местная противовоздушная оборона PBO-C, Mestnaya protivovozdushnaya oborona PVO-S) under the nascent Soviet Air Defence Forces, which were transferred to the NKVD in 1940 (and served with distinction, together with the NKVD Fire Services Command founded in 1918, in the Great Patriotic War). In 1960 it was returned to the Ministry of Defence as a service branch of the Soviet Armed Forces (the Civil Defence Forces of the Ministry of Defense) and a directly reporting agency, while the MVD retained the firefighting service.

In the aftermath of the events of the 1988 Armenian earthquake and the Chernobyl disaster, on July 17, 1990 a directive decision of the Presidium of The Supreme Council of Russian Socialist Soviet Republic led to the formation of the Russian Rescue Corps (Российский корпус спасателей), which eventually was formed by the Soviet Government on December 27, 1990.[4] This date is marked as the official anniversary of the EMERCOM.

On April 17, 1991 the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Russia appointed Sergei Shoigu as Chairman of the State Committee for Extraordinary Situations (Государственный Комитет по чрезвычайным ситуациям, ГКЧС), which succeeded the RRC.[5][6]

On November 19, 1991 the State Committee was merged with the Headquarters for Civil Defense of the USSR (under the Ministry of Defense) to create the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence Matters, Extraordinary Situations and the Liquidation of Natural Disasters (Государственный комитет по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий при Президенте РСФСР) and was subordinated to the President of Russia.

On January 10, 1994 the State committee became part of the Government of Russia and the ministry was named The Ministry for the Affairs of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief, with Sergei Shoigu as a minister.

On January 1, 2002, The Russian State Fire Service, the national fire service, became part of the ministry with 278,000 firefighters, removed from Ministry of Internal Affairs control after 84 years.

On May 12, 2012, Vladimir Puchkov was appointed as the new minister, replacing Shoigu who was later appointed as Defense Minister after a brief stint as Governor of Moscow Oblast.[7]

On July 1, 2016, an EMERCOM firefighting Il-76 crashed after taking off from Irkutsk International airport while on its way to dump water as to help douse wildfires in Siberia.


According to an EMERCOM publication, the Ministry is an agency of federal executive power with the following tasks:

  • developing proposals and initiatives in the sphere of State policy on issues within the Ministry's competence;
  • managing the civil defence and search and rescue Service in the Russian Federation;
  • providing for the functioning and further development of the Russian System of Disaster Management (RSDM);
  • directing activities aimed at eliminating the consequences of large-scale disasters, catastrophes and other emergencies;
  • conducting special submarine activities;
  • supervising the use of finance resources allocated to the Government for disaster management and response;
  • organizing the training of the population, and governing agencies and the RSDM forces for disaster management and response;
  • and organizing international cooperation in the fields of the Ministry's competency.


Sergey ShoiguEdit

Sergey Shoygu, was Minister from 1991 to 2012

The first Minister in charge of EMERCOM was Sergei Shoigu. He was appointed by President Yeltsin in November 1991 as Chairman of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence Matters, Extraordinary Situations and the Liquidation of Natural Disasters. Shoigu was given the rank of Major General in October 1994, and his committee became a ministry in January 1994. President Yeltsin showed his faith in the importance of EMERCOM by designating Minister Shoigu a member of the Russian Security Council by Presidential Decree on February 1, 1994. In May 2012 he was appointed as Governor of Moscow Oblast and he resigned from his office.

Vladimir PuchkovEdit

Vladimir Puchkov was the Deputy Minister of Emergencies. In May 2012 he was appointed as Minister.


  • Department for the Protection of the Population and Territories
  • Department for Disaster Prevention
  • Department of Forces
  • Department for International Cooperation
  • Department for the Elimination of Consequences of Radiological and other Disasters
  • Department for Science and Technology
  • Management Department

Commissions and BoardsEdit

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  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for Fighting Forest Fires
  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for Floods
  • Interagency Maritime Coordinating Commission for Emergencies on the Seas and Water Basins
  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for the Certification of Rescuers

Working through the office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry can ask for private, Ministry of Defence or National Guard of Russia assistance. That is, the Ministry has international coordination power and the ability to tap local resources if required.

The Department of International Cooperation, to present an example of the activities of one of these departments and commissions, has already signed agreements on cooperation during disaster response and prevention with Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. Mutual assistance pacts are ready for signing with Mongolia, Latvia, Finland, Armenia, Moldova, Serbia and Estonia. An agreement also exists with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and agreements are sought with the OSCE and NATO.

Internal organizationsEdit

To perform rapid response operations the following forces and equipment are available:

  • Russian State Fire Service – The highest fire service body in Russia.
  • Central Air-Mobile Rescue Team – These teams are equipped with aviation facilities that include helicopters and cargo aircraft (Ilyushin Il-76, Antonov An-72, An-148-100EM,[8] Ka-32A11VS). The teams have taken part in United Nations' humanitarian delivery operations.
  • Civil Defense Forces Command – These troops consist of military troop divisions and regiments/brigades stationed in various regions of the country aimed at civil defense measures during natural and man-made disasters.
  • EMERCOM Civil Defense Academy – trains all officers and non-commissioned personnel of the Ministry in the duties of civil defense.
  • Search and Rescue Service – This service maintains 30 units in various republics, regions and provinces.


  Ministry of Emergency Situations
Colonel general
Lieutenant general
Major general
Lieutenant colonel
Senior lieutenant
ста́рший лейтена́нт
Junior lieutenant
мла́дший лейтена́нт
  Ministry of Emergency Situations
Ста́рший пра́порщик
Starshy praporshchik
Ста́рший сержа́нт
Senior sergeant
Мла́дший сержа́нт
Junior sergeant



Name Type Origin Photo
Ka-226 Light utility helicopter   Russia  
Ka-32A Transport helicopter   Russia  
Mi-26 Heavy lift cargo helicopter   Soviet Union  
Mi-8 Transport helicopter   Soviet Union  
Il-76TD Transport airplane   Soviet Union  
An-3 Multipurpose aircraft   Ukraine   Russia  
An-74P Transport airplane   Soviet Union  
Be-200 Multirole amphibian   Russia  
2 Antonov 148-100 (as of August 2017)[9] Passenger aircraft   Ukraine  
2 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR (as of August 2017)[9] Passenger aircraft   Russia  
Il-62 Passenger aircraft   Soviet Union  
Yak-42D Passenger aircraft   Soviet Union  


Name Type Origin Photo
GAZelle GAZ-2705   Russia  
PPU48-03 (Kamaz-43118 chassis) Mobile control point   Russia  
ASM-41-022 (base UAZ-3909) Rescue of general purpose   Russia  
ASM-48-031 (Kamaz-43118 chassis) Rescue vehicle   Russia  
Car for transportation department paramilitary mountain rescue units (Kamaz-4308 based)   Russia  
Petrovich-204-60 All-terrain vehicle   Russia  
ZiL-49061 Amphibious vehicle   Soviet Union


Name Type Origin Photo
Mars-700 Hovercraft   Russia  
Mars-2000 Hovercraft   Russia  
Khivus-6 Hovercraft   Russia  
Mongoose (project 12150M) Airboat   Russia  


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Александр Гамов (January 15, 2015). "Не думай, что все пропели, Что бури все отгремели..." Комсомольская правда. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Описание истории Дня войск гражданской обороны на сайте МЧС России
  3. ^ "Russian Rescue Corps established. Russian Rescuer Day". Presidential Library. Presidential Library. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. [On] December 27, 1990 a decree by the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR № 606 "On the establishment of the Russian Rescue Corps as the RSFSR State Committee, as well as the formation of a unified state and social system of forecasting, prevention and emergency response" was adopted.
  4. ^ "Постановление Совмина РСФСР от 27.12.1990 N 606". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "№51 (758) / Общество и наука / Спецпроект / Первый спасатель". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "ГОСУДАРСТВЕННАЯ КОМИССИЯ СОВЕТА МИНИСТРОВ СССР ПО ЧРЕЗВЫЧАЙНЫМ СИТУАЦИЯМ (ГКЧС СМ СССР)". Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  7. ^ В.А, Зиничев Евгений Николаевич (April 15, 2016), Русский: О совершенствовании деятельности территориальных органов и организаций МЧС России по предупреждению и ликвидации чрезвычайных ситуаций, обеспечению пожарной безопасности и безопасности людей на водных объектах на территориях местных пожарно-спасательных гарнизонов (PDF), retrieved August 21, 2019
  8. ^ "bmpd". Archived from the original on December 24, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 30.
  • EMERCOM of Russia, publication of the Ministry of Emergency Situations
  • "EMERCOM: RUSSIA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM" (1995), Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Vol 4, Autumn 1995, No 2

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