President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,
I am happy to congratulate the staff and veterans of the Emergencies Ministry on your professional day, Rescue Worker’s Day, and to thank you for your work, courage, gallantry and professionalism.
Emergencies Ministry personnel are always on duty and are the first to arrive at a rescue scene, helping those who are in trouble or up against the elements, man-made disasters or armed conflicts.
Each new emergency calls for concentration, self-possession, and the ability to take a correct decision and to act professionally and effectively even in the most difficult situation.
Your efficiency, reliability and top training skills have earned you respect, and not just in Russia. You have also worked professionally and promptly when fighting large-scale fires and the consequences of other emergencies beyond Russia.
Participation in international humanitarian operations is a major part of your work.
I am convinced that Emergencies Ministry personnel will continue to uphold and strengthen their glorious traditions and will bring up young people with these traditions, enhance interaction between services and units, strengthen partner ties with their foreign colleagues and serve Russia honestly and faithfully.
I wish you good luck, strong health and all the best, as well as a happy New Year.