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Day of fire protection. How the fire brigade of Russia was created and strengthened

On April 30, representatives of one of the most courageous professions celebrate their holiday, each day selflessly engaging in battle with the fire element. The Day of Fire Protection was established in 1999 in accordance with the decree of President Boris Yeltsin “On the establishment of the Day of Fire Protection”. Prior to this, with 1918, the country celebrated the “Fire Day”. April 30 day is chosen for the holiday date not by chance. More than three and a half centuries ago, on April 30 of 1649 of the year, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich signed the “Ordinance on Gradsky deacon”. In accordance with this important document, round-the-clock watch of fire patrols was introduced for the first time in the country. Their duties included not only extinguishing fires, but also monitoring compliance with the rules of fire safety by the population.

Day of fire protection. How the fire brigade of Russia was created and strengthened

Fires have always brought a lot of grief to people. They burned to the ground at home and even entire neighborhoods and villages, people were left without property and livelihoods. But, worst of all, fires often led to human casualties. Many Russian cities more than once were subjected to terrible fires. Among them - Vladimir, Suzdal, Novgorod and, of course, Moscow. It burned out completely in 1238 - during the invasion of Russia by the Batu hordes, then devastating fires were in Moscow in 1335 and 1337, and in 1356, almost the whole of Moscow, including the Kremlin, was burned out. The scale of fires in medieval Russian cities is attested by at least the fact that a fire was recognized as large when it destroyed several thousand courtyards. Fires broke out regularly and all Russian cities without exception suffered from them. Therefore, as the centralized government strengthened in the Russian state, the question of streamlining the organization of fire fighting also became acute. In order to extinguish fires within large cities in an organized way, there was not enough of one initiative of residents - volunteers. The creation of detachments of professional firefighters, and the development of certain rules of behavior with fire and extinguishing fires if they occurred were required.

Back in 1495, it was ordered to demolish all wooden buildings located at a distance of less than 100 fathoms (213 meters) from the walls of the Moscow Kremlin. The lawsuit 1497 g. Set severe punishment for arson - the death penalty was awaiting the arsonists. In 1504, in Moscow, a special fire and security guard was created, which served as the actual fire brigade and police functions. Her responsibilities included protecting the city from fire and crime. Moscow was divided into sections, at the ends of the main streets there were lattice gates - outposts. At each outpost, the watchman was on duty. From every ten yards exhibited one guard, a group of guards headed by trellis clerks. General control over the duty of the guard and the observance of fire safety rules, as well as the management of fire extinguishing, was carried out by nobility from among the nobility.

In 1624, in Moscow, a professional fire brigade was created at the Zemsky Dvor. It consisted of 100 "yaryzhnyh" (lower police officers), contained by the state. In 1629, the number of the team increased to 200 people, and in the summer, due to increased fire risk, their numbers increased to 300 people. On the equipment of the team were barrels of water, water pipes, buckets, shields, axes. The maintenance and equipment of the team was paid by the state from the funds collected by the Zemsky Order from the population in the form of taxes. In addition, at the Zemsky Dvor, a permanent 20 watch of cab drivers was organized on a horse-drawn carriage, which, as soon as the alarm sounded, were to be delivered to the fire brigade to the site of the fire. In 1657, roundabouts were instructed to organize citizens to extinguish fires and punish those who evade duty. “Fire deserters” were punished with batogs or imprisoned for several days.

Further improvement of the fire protection system in the Russian cities took place in the Petrine era. In 1689, Peter I decided in the event of major fires in the capital to involve troops in their extinguishing. In the XVIII century there is a further formation of the national fire department. With 1718, military fire brigades are formed in the Russian army under the guidance of officers. In order to increase the level of fire safety, the construction of wooden houses was banned in the new Russian capital St. Petersburg. A number of measures aimed at preventing possible fires were also introduced. First, it was forbidden to build furnaces and chimneys against wooden walls, the top of the pipe was supposed to be placed on the yard above the roof. Secondly, 18 June 1718 was issued a decree ordering all residents of the capital to clean the chimneys in their homes once a month. Observing round heads included the monitoring of furnace heating and the state of chimneys.

For violations of fire safety rules, a fine was imposed, and noble people paid approximately twice the amount than commoners - 16 altyn and 4 money (commoners paid 8 altyn and 4 money). Citizens were required to post signs on their houses with images of tools with which the owners in the event of a fire will put out to extinguish it. In 1728, an order was issued to the governors and governors, which included a special section on “Looking at buildings in cities and on saving fires”. In fact, it was the first fire supervision document. Since 1718, the extinguishing of fires was under the authority of the Chief Police Officer of St. Petersburg, whose position was established this year. In the subordination of the general master of police was the office, in charge of fire activities. In 1722, a similar structure was created in Moscow. The offices that were in charge of the fire safety of Russian cities were called fire offices or fire expeditions.

In the same 1722, a professional fire unit is being created at the Admiralty - a fire brigade. It consisted of workers who were on duty in two shifts. During the fires, the team also used the help of other craftsmen and workers of the Admiralty, sailors. Large fires in Moscow, Pereslavl and several other cities in 1737 forced the Russian authorities to attend to the further improvement of fire prevention measures. Special military guards from military units stationed in the cities were formed. In cities where there were no military units, special patrols formed from civilian officials provided fire safety.
In 1740, the order was adopted to equip army regiments and other military units with fire-fighting equipment. On the regiment relied filler pipe, a tub of water and canvas. The battalions received forks, ladders, large hooks with chains. On the equipment of the mouth were 25 axes, buckets, shield, shovels, four hand tubes and two small hooks. For the convenience of transporting fire equipment, six horses stood out. In the event of a fire, each company sent half of the personnel to extinguish it, and the drummer relied on the outfit. The other half of the company personnel remained at the disposition of the unit, but in a state of full combat readiness and, if necessary, advanced to the aid of the first half company.

However, ordinary army units lacked special fire fighting skills, which significantly hampered their use in fire fighting. Nevertheless, the order of departure of military units to extinguish fires in St. Petersburg was maintained for a long time. In the event of a fire on the left side of Nevsky Prospekt and Nevsky Monastery, units of the Preobrazhensky, Horse and Artillery regiments of the Guards went out to extinguish. The operational reserve was the Life Guards Izmailovsky, Ryazan and Semenov regiments, which, if necessary, in order of battle put forward to the aid of the regiments who had come out. Since 1747, all government agencies were equipped with special fire-fighting equipment, and in the Senate, the Synod, colleges and offices, fire brigade posts were established, at which soldiers of parts of the capital garrison were on duty.

The need to further improve the fire brigade in St. Petersburg and Moscow led to the formation of full-time fire fighting units. Thus, with 1772, a special staff of officers “with fire-fighting instruments” was approved with all police units of the Russian capital. The fire brigade consisted of a firemaster, 106 firefighters and 10 cab drivers. The maintenance of the fire brigades was carried out by the military, but in 1792 all the fire brigades of the capital were transferred to the control of the police. In Moscow - the second largest city of the Russian Empire - in 1784, 20 fire stations were created. In order to extinguish the fires, citizens were involved in the number of 2824 people from all homeowners. Then, a fire expedition led by the firecord was established at the Moscow Chief of Police. The expedition consisted of 20 firewall masters, 61 workshop, in addition to 75 citizens were assigned to fire units for each fire unit, that is, 1500 people were assigned to Moscow. Each unit carried a duty of 25 people per shift.

The Moscow fire fighting company and all the firemasters of the city, as well as two shifts of firefighters with tools, traveled to all the major fires. But the accumulation of firefighters and their assistants from among the townspeople on fires only impeded the organized extinguishing of the latter, therefore, in 1808, the order was established in accordance with which the departure of fire teams to extinguish fires of varying degrees of complexity was determined. In addition, in the time of Catherine II, in order to avoid interference from firefighters and crowding on fires, it was forbidden to approach fires to everyone except those directly involved in extinguishing them. If necessary, the Governor-General could allocate additional forces from among the military units of the garrison. All fire brigades involved in extinguishing the fire were under the operational control of the local police authorities. This also applied to military units whose personnel were involved in fire fighting.

For a long time, the personnel of professional fire brigades of Russian cities were recruited from among the soldiers unfit for service in combat units. It is noteworthy that such a responsible and physically difficult business as putting out fires was entrusted to people unfit for military service. However, even such teams, recruited from non-combatant soldiers, showed their greater efficiency compared to the simple citizens who were mobilized to put out fires, who lacked not only special training, but also proper discipline for participating in fire fighting. Nevertheless, the practice of attracting ordinary people to extinguish fires in cities and rural settlements continued. In addition to professional fire brigades, voluntary or public fire brigades began to appear in the 19th century.

It is surprising that the first such team appeared not in St. Petersburg or Moscow, or even in any provincial city, but in a small Ostashkov Tver province. Here in 1843, a volunteer fire brigade of local residents was created. After 17 years after its creation, there were about 400 people in it, among whom were mainly craftsmen and artisans - blacksmiths, metalworkers, foundry workers, representatives of other working professions. The positive experience of Ostashkov aroused interest in other cities of the Russian Empire, and with 1863, the process of mass appearance of public fire brigades in the cities of the country began. The importance of voluntary fire brigades was determined by the fact that most of the country's settlements were not covered by a professional fire guard. The most difficult situation was in the countryside, where there was no fire protection at all - neither professional nor voluntary, and the resulting fires extinguished the villagers themselves to the best of their ability. Most often, the fires in the villages were catastrophic, there were not cases when entire villages were burned out. Fire victims wandered throughout Russia, joining the ranks of professional beggars and tramps.

Fire brigades acted only in large or strategically important cities, and in small towns all hope remained for volunteers — firemen recruited from among ordinary citizens. They, if necessary, fought with the fire element and, at times, saved entire cities and towns from it. In 1861, the Voluntary Fire Society was established in Volkhov, in 1862 a similar structure appeared in Revel (now Tallinn, the capital of Estonia), in 1864 in Yuryev (now Tartu), in 1868 in Kamenets -Podolske. By 1890, the 60 volunteer fire service operated in the Russian Empire, and three years later the Imperial Russian Fire Society was officially established.

In addition to the development of voluntary fire societies, the strengthening of a full-time fire department continued. In 1853, fire brigade staffs in cities were approved, which included manning regulations and equipment with fire tools and horses. In 1858, the military-police telegraph began to be used for the needs of the fire brigade. And with the 90's. XIX century. - phone. In 1908, the first fire protection vehicle appeared in Moscow.

For a long time of its development, the Russian fire protection has come a hard way, talk about which can be long and very exciting. The organizational structures and charters of the fire brigade, uniform and equipment changed, fire equipment was improved, fire extinguishing methods developed. Fire safety has become a whole science, which is now being studied in special higher educational institutions. But the basis of the fire brigade has always been and remains people engaging in battle with fire. Honor and praise to them, health to the living and eternal memory to the departed. Happy holiday, firefighters of Russia!
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  1. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich April 30 2016 05: 13
    Firemasters on holiday ...
    1. Michael67
      Michael67 April 30 2016 06: 26
      The main thing is that on a watch they never slept.
      Happy holiday guys!
      Not a haze to you!
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      2. Tatyana
        Tatyana April 30 2016 07: 57
        Happy holiday, our dear fire fighters!
        Good technical equipment and less calls to you!
        And also happiness, health and longevity in your life! love
        1. Tatyana
          Tatyana April 30 2016 08: 15
          Oh, greeting cards are sending something bad today to the site!
          Once again, congratulations to everyone involved in the fire department!
          Happy Holidays! drinks
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      3. DMoroz
        DMoroz April 30 2016 19: 29
        on the contrary, for the fire-fighters to sleep !!! less work would be ... drinks hi
      4. goblin xnumx
        goblin xnumx April 30 2016 22: 16
        when firefighters are working, someone is crying or losses are considered, it would be better to sleep, but it is customary to wish for dry sleeves ... guys, dry for you!
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    3. siberalt
      siberalt April 30 2016 06: 32
      In order to avoid "professional apartheid", I propose to make it a daily holiday - "ETKS Day" (unified tariff and qualification reference book)laughing
  2. Nikoha.2010
    Nikoha.2010 April 30 2016 05: 48
    Happy holiday to all involved and dry sleeves to you! drinks
  3. Combitor
    Combitor April 30 2016 06: 04
    All Russian firefighter brothers with a holiday !!! drinks soldier
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana April 30 2016 09: 03
      Great photo, Alexander! good
      I personally congratulate you on the holiday!
      All the best to you and your comrades in the profession! drinks

      1. Combitor
        Combitor April 30 2016 09: 17
        Quote: Tatiana
        Great photo

        Thank you!
    2. max73
      max73 April 30 2016 16: 48
      thanks, comrade! happy holiday !!!
  4. vjatsergey
    vjatsergey April 30 2016 06: 06
    I had a fireman friend, so he looked after his fire engine, as for his personal, always well-groomed, clean and always ready for battle. I think others also relate to their fire fighting equipment and I’m calm that if something happens, they’ll arrive quickly.
    1. Bort radist
      Bort radist April 30 2016 12: 14
      Quote: vjatsergey
      I had a fireman friend,

      They do not like it when they are called that, Sergei Pavlovich. Firefighters in Russia called those who dressed in fire victims and asked for alms under this business. Those who fight fire are firefighters.
      1. goblin xnumx
        goblin xnumx April 30 2016 22: 29
        you’re not quite right:) - there is such a vision of the question:) I can’t insert a picture, but there was a badge in the USSR, an excellent fireman, I don’t think that they gave it to the fire victims
        1. Bort radist
          Bort radist 1 May 2016 04: 29
          Quote: Leshy74
          you're right

          Quote: Leshy74
          I can not insert a picture

          Therefore, it is not inserted wink
  5. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack April 30 2016 06: 22
    HOLIDAY !!!! Good Service Firefighters !!!!! Remember about you when trouble, so let these troubles be changed !!!!!
  6. Amurets
    Amurets April 30 2016 07: 02
    Happy holiday, firefighters! Fire has always been a terrible weapon, since ancient times. So God forbid that you have to use your skills and fire extinguishing means as little as possible. And once again we recall the Chernobyl firefighters who extinguished the fire of a nuclear reactor at the cost of their lives Thirty years have passed since that catastrophe. They were remembered on April 26. Let's remember on * Day of Fire Protection *, like all those who died in the battle with fire!
  7. Masya masya
    Masya masya April 30 2016 07: 12
    Speak arrogantly
    About the champions of fire
    I do not want; but the fireman
    There will be a word from me!
    Everyone knows: their cause is holy!
    And no more words needed:
    Happy Fireman Guys!
    And dry your sleeves!
    Happy Holidays! love
  8. OlegV
    OlegV April 30 2016 07: 43
    Happy holiday to everyone related to this service.

    Health to you and your near and dear ones.
  9. sober
    sober April 30 2016 08: 12
    only nobody can put out this fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Gardamir
    Gardamir April 30 2016 08: 42
    It would seem what does politics have to do with it? But then I served in the Soviet professional fire brigade.
  11. Serebryakov. 75
    Serebryakov. 75 April 30 2016 08: 44
    The water ran out in the hose
    then the fireman remembered his childhood
    and, removing the onlookers "Allow me!",
    began to apply special equipment to the fire ...
  12. sub307
    sub307 April 30 2016 08: 54
    I join in the congratulations! Happy holiday!
  13. Starshina wmf
    Starshina wmf April 30 2016 09: 13
    I wish I could separate myself from the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Otherwise, it’s not the professionals from the military service who are tired of it. Everyone should do their own thing. Firefighter to extinguish, inspector of prevention, and the military to serve in the army.
    1. firefighter
      firefighter April 30 2016 10: 10
      All right, only from military service. There is a category even funnier - those dismissed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Emergency Situations for "exploits" and sent to the regional fire department. Here are THIS "frames"!
    2. dfcbkbq1974
      dfcbkbq1974 April 30 2016 16: 44
      I completely agree with YOU. But there is NO shoig.
    3. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 April 30 2016 16: 52
      It is unlikely to be separated. We never had an independent fire service. Return is possible only in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but this ministry, in my opinion, does not at all crave the return of firefighters to its ranks.
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  15. Million
    Million April 30 2016 09: 18
    Fire fighters with a holiday!
  16. ruskih
    ruskih April 30 2016 09: 20
    Happy Holiday! Happiness to you and your families. And dry sleeves to you, Men!
  17. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 April 30 2016 09: 21
    (The more the firefighter sleeps, the richer our country is) a joke, although every joke has a fraction of a joke. On the occasion, fire fighters, dry sleeves.
  18. firefighter
    firefighter April 30 2016 09: 51
    Happy holiday, callpegs! Dry sleeves!
  19. Bort radist
    Bort radist April 30 2016 12: 38
    Happy Holidays, firefighters! Health, good luck. We took the children on an excursion to the subway. We leave the premises, at this time the command is distributed - "To leave"! The mourner says - "Move back to the fence from the site." I managed to tell the children to turn on the stopwatch on the phone. In 35 seconds the crew was outside the gate! Thank you for your skill, noble risk and peacetime lives saved.
  20. Bort radist
    Bort radist April 30 2016 12: 58
    We have opened the VGNG Airmobile Center. It turns out that the firefighters have their own "Tunguska". Click.
    1. Sergey-8848
      Sergey-8848 April 30 2016 17: 36
      VGSCH - paramilitary mine rescue units. These are units rescuing miners, i.e. completely fearless fighters. Examples of their work are well known, although, as with all structures, it would be better not to know.
      These units, as well as their l / s, belonged to a dozen of federal miners' structures, and in order to "optimize" them, they were also attached to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as before - PO.
      The above picture is slightly not what it really is.
  21. 52
    52 April 30 2016 13: 30
    Well, Happy Holidays, Guys! Have a good sleep and dry sleeves! drinks
    1. max73
      max73 April 30 2016 16: 56
      thank you for the congratulations. well, about sound sleep, you are mistaken. for the entire time of the service I normally slept for days on one day - January 1, I don’t remember what year ... delivery / reception of equipment, classes, household work, internal outfit, etc., you know ...
      1. Combitor
        Combitor April 30 2016 21: 28
        Quote: max73
        about sound sleep, you're wrong

        Absolutely so. We had shifts when the changing of the guards took place right on the fire. "Harnessed" for the whole day. Even the "snack" had to be done without letting go of the fire barrel. It was ... Extinguishing, spilling, dismantling of structures, spilling again. I already remembered at home about getting some sleep.
        So, "the fireman is fast asleep" is the humor of uninitiated civilians.
  22. eleronn
    eleronn April 30 2016 21: 14
    Kind! (I appeal to the person who put the minus article) what do you disagree with? What warped you? Why do you consider the article a failure and a decent minus ?! Well, at least explain your position!
    1. goblin xnumx
      goblin xnumx April 30 2016 22: 22
      I didn’t put a minus, but the article was somehow incomplete - I started for health and ended ... - in short, as if they called him or lost notes :) - I quickly completed and laid out - neither the Soviet era nor the modern Russian, such is my assumption
  23. dima-fesko
    dima-fesko 3 May 2016 20: 58