The events featured demonstrations of Ukrainian firefighting and rescue equipment, firefighting competitions and how firefighters are trained. Firefighters were trained at the modern training ground of Rivne County firefighters, which was conducted by as many as 17 trained instructors.
Officials met with Sergej Kruk, head of Ukraine’s state aid service. He enjoyed the help, cooperation, friendship and great support from the fire services of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
K. Bautronis and V. Ramanauskis also visited the firemen’s museum, where new exhibits appeared: remains of fire engines, rockets and explosives riddled with bullets and shrapnel.
“The war brought together the people of Ukraine in the same way that the Baltic Road brought us together. I believe that they will win, said Colonel Kęstutis Bautronis, head of the Šiauliai Fire Rescue Board after returning from Ukraine. – Ukrainians have become like relatives to each other, understanding each other from half a word, from a glance. They are very friendly, like one family.”
On their way from Kyiv to Lviv, K. Bautronis and V. Ramanauskis also visited the destroyed suburbs of Kyiv in Bucha, Irpiny and Hostomel.
During the visit to Lviv, officials from Lithuania also met with the rector of the Lviv Fire Safety University, got acquainted with the training program for fire safety specialists, the training base, and the equipped crisis center. By the way, V. Ramanauskis graduated from this university, and the current rector, Miroslav Koval, was the head of his course.
According to K. Bautronis, Ukrainian firefighters showed the world that they are not alone, that we all help each other. Representatives of the Polish, Latvian and Estonian fire services also came to the celebration.