The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (DSNS) is responsible for preventing emergencies and protecting population from its consequences. Unfortunately, because of various reasons, such as lack of funds, poor condition of technical equipment and obsolete organisational structures, the rescuers don’t always have an opportunity to react fast enough to emergencies. This leads to a high number of casualties caused by fires, cars accidents and other critical situations. It also puts emergency workers themselves into danger. Besides, as a result of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, the population in the Government controlled areas has raised significantly, which added challenges to the rescuers.

Taking into account the needs of DSNS, GIZ on behalf of the German Government supports strengthening its capacities. One of the key areas of support is providing Rapid Intervention Vehicles (RIV) to rescue brigades. They are used in case of road traffic collisions and are designed especially for the Ukrainian emergency service. The cars are compact and maneuverable. It allows rescue teams to get to the scene of an accident only minutes after it was reported. Vehicles are equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, defibrillators and hydraulic tools to release people, trapped in a wrecked vehicle. Besides, a series of trainings on medical aid and other practices were conducted for RIV teams. All this makes the work of brigades more effective and helps them to save people or stabilize their condition before ambulance arrives.


“In the past we used to get stuck in traffic with our big and heavy trucks, despite the flashing lights and the siren. Often the route was just too narrow for our wide cars. With the RIV we reach the accident site much faster. It will benefit about 500,000 people and save hundreds of lives” – says Vladimir Matrosov, the Deputy Chief of DSNS in Zaporizhzhia region.

GIZ support of emergency services of Ukraine is not limited to RIVs only. 150 rescue units in 120 municipalities also received personal protectives suits, respiratory equipment and hundreds of kilometers of fire hoses. Emergency services personnel passes different trainings on modern rescue technics, usage of new equipment, working with rescue dogs and many others. All these activities lead to decrease of fire casualties by 30%.