EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICERS AND RESCUERS SAVED 3,653 LIVES AND 260.9 BILLION MNT PROPERTIES
In 2022, a total of 4,129 disasters, hazardous events, and accidents were registered throughout Mongolia, and the emergency management officers saved 3,653 lives and 260.9 billion MNT property of the government, organizations, enterprises, and citizens. For example, more than 140 firefighters of the NEMA and LEMA worked to extinguish the fire caused by an explosion at the Tes Petroleum LLC oil storage tank in Darkhan city, Darkhan-Uul province. There has never been such a fire in a reservoir vertical steel tank of a petroleum product storage tank in Mongolia. By securing the remaining 350 tons of AI-92 fuel in the 2,000 m3 fuel tank from fire, the officers were able to prevent 800,000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the air and significant environmental damage.
OPERATIONS OF NEWLY ESTABLISHED BRANCH UNITS STARTED
Established by Government Resolution No. 163 of 2020 in order to strengthen capacity against disasters, fast deliver public services to citizens, and improve the preparedness of the government, in Tsogt of Gobi-Altai Province, Davst of Uvs Province, Songino of Zavkhan Province, Tariat of Arkhangai Province, and Khuld Sum of Dundgov Province Search and Rescue teams, Search and rescue units in Khutag-Ondur of Bulgan province, Yesonbulag sum of Gobi-Altai province, Batsumber sum of Central province, Fire extinguishing and rescue 4th-grade fire station of Bayanzurkh district of the capital, a total of 9 units, branches and groups started the operation.
Also, with the aim of developing internationally competitive disaster research science based on research and innovation, the Disaster Research Institute under NEMA was renamed a National Disaster Research Institute by the government’s resolution on February 9, 2022.
AERIAL SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT PROVIDES MEDICAL AID SERVICES
Aerial Search and Rescue unit established by Resolution No.163 in 2020, the Government of Mongolia which is being implemented the “Project to establish an aerial search and rescue unit in Mongolia” within the “Financial Agreement” between the Government of Mongolia and the Republic of France. The 111th unit has started operations to provide assistance to citizens this year. The unit gradually trained pilots, engineers, and technicians providing air medical transportation services by 1 Cabri G2 training helicopter and 3 EC-145 helicopters to 42 emergency call, and 59 patients were moved to medical aid facility
ENHANCING DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE CAPACITY
In order to strengthen capa service preparedness and improve the working condition of the servicemen, the state budget allocated MNT 6.2 billion for the uniform and official and special purpose equipment for the officers and 10.9 billion mnt for the special purpose machinery and equipment. Enhance the preparedness of equipment and techniques increased by 34.0 percent.
In addition, with the financing of 21.7 billion MNT from the state budget, the construction of the 10th floor Fire Fighting and Rescue Department of the Capital Emergency Department, 3.2 billion MNT for the operational costs of the newly established departments, and branch units of the Emergency Service in 2022, and 315.9 million MNT has been allocated for the repair of buildings.
Within the framework of the “Project to establish an aerial search and rescue unit in Mongolia”, 42 units of special purpose extremely cold conditions fire fighting vehicles manufactured in the Republic of France have been delivered and assigned to the Capital city and local emergency management agency.
And within the framework of the “Grants to Support Economic and Social Development” program 7 Nissan Patrol automobiles, fully equipped with medical first aid equipment to be used in emergency situations, and with off-road vehicles, were distributed to the Capital city and local emergency management agency for service preparedness capacity to deal with disasters, MNT 3.8 billion was approved in the 2023 state budget for the renewal of the heavy machinery parks.
RESEARCH WORK TO SEARCH AND DETECT SUBMERGED CARS AND VEHICLES IN HAVSGUL LAKE STARTED
In accordance with the 2020-2024 action plan of the Government of Mongolia, the work of detecting and locating vehicles submerged in Khuvsgul Lake is included, and due to the action plan, the National Emergency Management Agency is cooperating with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. In this context, the search and detection of cars and vehicles sunk in Khuvsgul Lake was organized in an area of 10,000 m2, and 5 vehicles were discovered. Also, “JICS” the Japan international Cooperation Organization has agreed to supply machine tools and equipment worth MNT 1.5 billion.
WON SECOND SILVER MEDAL IN “MARSH-SPECIAL TRAINING COMPLEX” COMPETITION-2022
The “March-special training complex-2022” competition was organized and named after the President of Mongolia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) men’s team won the silver medal. In this way, the team of the Emergency Management Agency doubled the silver medal which was won in 2013 and strengthened its success. On the other hand, the team of women’s division, who participated in the competition for the first time, and achieved 4th place and showed that they are one of the fierce competitors in the competitions of the coming years.
A total of 209 personnel from the Emergency Organization participated in the military parade dedicated to the 100th and 101st anniversaries of the People’s Revolution and the National Flag Day of Mongolia. The 4th row of the female company was awarded the title of “Top Demonstrator Company”.
In 2022, the emergency management organization successfully organized the practical shooting competition of the state military and law enforcement agencies named after the President of Mongolia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and the volleyball championship of the state military agencies named after the 20th anniversary of the Mongolian military’s participation in peacekeeping operations.
WITHIN THE “ONE BILLION TREES” NATIONAL MOVEMENT FRAMEWORK PLANTED 95,051 TREES
The Emergency Management Agency has joined the One Billion Trees national movement initiated by the President of Mongolia and is working to plant 10 million trees in 2022-2030. Within the scope of the goal, we cooperated with the Siberian Horticulture and Research Institute named after M.A. Lisavenko of Barnaul under the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation, and planted 95,051 new berries trees and 15 types of shrubs in 2022. Also, new tree seedling units were established in 6 provinces such as Dornod, Zavkhan, Sukhbaatar, Uvs, Overhangai, and Khentii, and by starting their operations, 28,429 tree seedling stocks and 2841 kg of seed stocks were prepared for planting in 2023. In addition, the National Disaster Research Institute has introduced the Terbum Mod smart device application within the Emergency Management Agency.
AUDITING DONE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
In 2020, as part of the implementation of disaster protection laws, government policies, and programs, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety, ISO 31000:2010 Risk Management, and ISO 26000:2010 Social Responsibility will be implemented in 2020. International standards have been introduced in its activities.
In 2022, as part of the localization of integrated international quality management, certification audits were carried out in 21 provincial emergency management agencies and 9 district emergency management agencies. In addition, the 115th and 121st supply divisions of the NEMA and the 121st Sewing Test Production have passed the preliminary feasibility study, and about 630 employees of structural divisions have completed online training. Thus, the quality management system and the occupational safety and health management system are localized in the activities of emergency management agencies, which provide staff with a healthy and safe working environment, as well as promptly provide public services to citizens.
STRENGTHENING DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
In order to increase Mongolia’s capacity to deal with disasters, ensure the country’s sustainable development, reduce disaster risk, and strengthen leadership in disaster risk management, within the framework of the implementation of the Sendai Action Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction “Making City Resilient-2030” joined the second phase of the initiative. Also, 152 state-owned schools, 278 kindergartens, 41 committees of 9 districts, and 60 household healthcare centers in the capital have been subjected to a general disaster risk assessment and the seismic resilient assessment of the buildings of the 26th, 28th, and 63rd departments of fire extinguishing and rescue, and made a conclusion the need to strengthen buildings.
As a result, a general disaster risk assessment was conducted for 85 percent of the state’s general education schools and kindergartens buildings.
In addition, within the framework of the technical assistance project “Strengthening Disaster Risk Assessment, Planning and Risk Transfer Capacity” implemented by the Asian Development Bank with funding from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, a risk map of 10 types of disasters that occur predominantly in Mongolia was developed. Also, the Disaster Risk Insurance Law is being drafted. By developing and approving the draft “Disaster Risk Insurance Law”, there will be great progress in the system of disaster risk reduction and risk transfer in our country.
WITHIN THE EMPOWERMENT OF PERSONNEL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
A total of 87 officers attended 9 official visits to foreign countries and participated in 17 conferences, workshops, meetings, training, and seminars organized in order to improve and train the professional skills of personnel. In order to qualify employees, evaluate knowledge and skills, and ensure workplace stability, by order of the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, the categories and ranks of 303 officers of 24 positions in the public services of the capital city and local emergency agency of the State Reserve Department, branches were gradually classified and graded.
As a result, 99% of state reserve officers become special state officers. Also, out of 2,145 personnel of the capital city and local emergency agencies, 1,007 officers passed the criteria and received professional degrees, which is one of the real major tasks of solving the social problems of personnel and increasing salaries and allowances.
In addition, in 2021, the insurance value of personnel working in high-risk conditions was increased from MNT 37 million to MNT 50 million in 2022, and the insurance value of personnel working in low-risk conditions was increased from MNT 26 million to MNT 38 million.
A HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENT OVER 69 THOUSAND CITIZENS PARTICIPATED IN THE DRILL EXERCISE
In 2022, the National Emergency Management Agency has organized an international training exercise “Govi wolf-2022” to strengthen the response to the harmful effects of the disaster in Bayankhongor province, also a comprehensive disaster prevention drill in Orkhon and Selenge provinces, and a command exercise for disaster prevention in Bayan-Olgii and Umnogovi provinces. During the “Gobi Wolf-2022” international exercise established 2nd level a field hospital for the first time, and the exercise air rescue operations by helicopter participated. More than 69,000 citizens of the province took part in the evacuation exercise at the comprehensive disaster prevention drill which organized in Orkhon province, setting a record for the largest number of citizens participating in history.
CAMPAIGNS ARE SHOWN REDUCED RESULTS OF THE IMPACT OF DISASTERS, INCIDENTS, AND DAMAGES
In order to reduce the number of water accidents occurring nationwide, improve parental supervision of young children, raise the vigilance of citizens, and coordinate the cooperation of professional authorities, the campaign “Let’s protect our children from floods and water” was organized by the emergency management agency. As a result of organizing the campaign, the number of children who had accidents in the water decreased by 26 percent and the number of adults by 32.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Also, as part of the city-wide flood and water accident prevention campaigns “Just be careful” and “Fire for a single moment – Don’t forget” impact campaign to prevent fire and gas poisoning, the number of water emergency calls was 17.7%, and the number of people who had an accident in the river was 3. The number of fires and damages decreased by 15.1%.
PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE DISASTER RESEARCH FIELD
The National Institute of Disaster Research, NEMA now evaluates the seismic resilience of buildings and structures using non-destructive technology and makes a professional decisions.
Selected for the Direct Aid Program of the Australian Government, with a grant of 30,000 Australian dollars, the “Disaster Registration, Loss and Needs Shared Information System” was developed and put into operation on a trial basis.
Also, the fire laboratory of the institute became an accredited laboratory by the order of the head of the National Accreditation Center No. A/87 of 2022.
Advances in technology in disaster research by discussing the “Disaster Research and Innovation” magazine, published by the Science and Technology Council of NEMA and the National Institute of Disaster Research, at the Junior Social Conference of the Academy of Sciences, and becoming an internationally registered official academic journal by registering as a professional journal of Disaster Research has completed major works to increase innovation.
5 OFFICERS CONFERRED THE STATE-HONORED SERVENT
The Government of Mongolia has recognized the fact that the personnel of emergency management agencies has fulfilled their legal obligations honorably by protecting people’s lives, health, property, animals, and the environment from disasters and contributing to the sustainable development of the country. On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the rescue brigade, they were awarded the “Sukhbaatar Order” and the “Altangadas” Order on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 9th Mountain and Mine Rescue Unit. Also, in 2022, 3 State-honored Service Officers, 1 Honored Transporter, and 1 Honored Athlete were born among the officers of the Emergency management agency, and 327 personnel were awarded the highest state orders and medals.
THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY