On April 22, the All-Russian Student Rescue Corps (RSCOR), one of the largest student volunteer organizations in Russia, celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
“Uniting energetic, responsible young men and women from many regions of Russia, your closely-knit team is worthily continuing the wonderful traditions of the national volunteer movement and the rescue service. You provide real help to people in need. In difficult, emergency conditions, you invariably demonstrate excellent physical fitness, mutual assistance, the ability to act competently and quickly,” – said Vladimir Putin in his congratulatory address to the volunteers.
“Over the past years, the All-Russian Student Corps of Rescuers has established itself as a highly professional team of like-minded people, has done a lot for the development of patriotic education and volunteering in our country. I would especially like to note your enormous contribution to the organization of the We Are Together campaign. Thank you very much for your selfless work, endurance, courage and dedication!” – says the congratulatory address of Mikhail Mishustin, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.
On a festive day, solemn ranks of members of All-Russian Student Corps of Rescuers were seen in celebratory assembly all over the country at the sites of regional offices and territorial branches of EMERCOM of Russia, where honorary guests presented the best rescue students departmental and public awards. Thanks to video conferencing, more than 2,000 volunteers from over 50 regions of the country got together and joined ranks at the same time.
Yevgeny Zinichev, Russian Emergencies Minister also congratulated online the rescue students: “There are many good deeds you have done aimed at preventing disasters and saving human lives. Your tireless energy and willingness to come to help makes a significant contribution to our common cause. I sincerely wish you good health, happiness, prosperity and success in serving our Motherland.”
In Moscow, festive events were held in the Hall of Glory of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Hill. The ceremony was accompanied by a demonstration orchestra and a team of drummers from the Academy of State Fire Service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. The holiday ended with a large-scale flash mob. Volunteers lined up near the Victory Museum forming the words “I love RSCOR”.
Rescue students traditionally celebrated their birthday with good deeds: in Moscow they donated blood at the Blood Center named after O.K. Gavrilov and specially for young patients of the Morozov Children’s City Clinical Hospital.
The All-Russian Student Corps of Rescuers has been actively developing youth volunteering in Russia for 20 years conducting systematic work to teach young people the basics of rescue work, popularize the professions of a firefighter and rescuer, and prepare residents of their regions for action in emergency situations. The organization unites over 8,000 volunteers from 69 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Helping people, working for the good of their homeland is the main task of the RSCOR.
Starting from April 22 and till the end of the year, festive events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian student volunteer rescue movement will be held throughout the country.