On 18th August, Vice Minister Konrad Pawlik presented in the MFA seat honorary distinctions for activity strengthening Poland’s position on the international arena to representatives of the management of the National Headquarters of the State Fire Service.
“By the involvement of the Polish rescue services on the international arena and thanks to active implementation of aid measures provided to developing countries, the fire service has become a prominent participant in the system of Polish development and humanitarian aid” - said vice minister for foreign affairs Konrad Pawlik.
The ceremony of presenting the “Bene Merito” distinctions took place a day before the World Humanitarian Day. The vice head of the Polish diplomatic mission emphasised that “on this very day, which is of such great importance for the humanitarian aid community, we confirm our involvement in rescuing human life and express our gratitude to all those persons whose work comprises granting help to others, also people outside of Poland.”
Measures undertaken by the State Fire Service provide active support to victims of natural disasters and military conflicts.
The “Bene Merito” honorary distinction was presented to the following persons:
Major General Wiesław Leśniakiewicz, Chief Commandant of the State Fire Service. Mr Leśniakiewicz started his service in the fire service in 1978 in the Main School of Fire Service. Mr Leśniakiewicz gained his professional experience while working on diverse posts. Functions held by Mr Leśniakiewicz comprised among others: Commandant in the Regional Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Nowy Targ, Commandant of the Fire Service College of the State Fire Service in Krakow and the Mazovian Regional Commandant of the State Fire Service. As of January 2008 the general has been occupying the post of the Chief Commandant of the State Fire Service and chief of national civil defence.
Mr. Marek Kowalski, sr. brigadier, Deputy Chief Commandant of the State Fire Service. Mr Kowalski started his career as officer n 1982 by holding the function of an officer for prevention in the Regional Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Koszalin. Following the establishment of the State Fire Service Mr Kowalski headed the Operating Planning Department of the Regional Headquarters in Koszalin. Mr Kowalski worked there until 1999 and later was appointed to the post of Deputy of the Zachodniopomorski Region Commandant of the SFS in Szczecin. As of January 2008 Mr. Kowalski has been holding the function of the Deputy Chief Commandant of the SFS and Chief of National Civil Defence.
Mr. Zbigniew Sural, brigadier, Director in the Bureau of Logistics of the National Headquarters of State Fire Service. Mr Sural commenced his work in the State Fire Service in 1993 as an employee of the Science and Research Centre for Fire Protection. Since 2012 Mr Sural has been working for the National Headquarters of State Fire Service as Deputy and later on as Director in the Bureau of Logistics. Brigadier Sural was responsible or organisation of transport logistics in providing humanitarian aid for population resettled internally as a result of the Ukrainian conflicts in 2014 and 2015, and for the logistical organisation of a heavy equipment search and rescue team sent to Nepal in 2015, following the severe earthquake.
Mr. Mariusz Feltynowski, brigadier, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Rescue Coordination and Civil Protection of State Fire Service. Mr Feltynowski started his service in 1999 in the Department of International Cooperation of the National Headquaters of the SFS. Mr Feltynowski has been fulfilling the present function since 2009. Several times Mr Feltynowski participated in international rescue actions undertaken in response to crises and natural disasters, also under UN structures, and headed actions of the Polish heavy equipment search and rescue group in Haiti (in 2010) and in Nepal (in 2015). Bin 2014 brigadier Feltynowski held the function of Chairman of the Regional Group Europe/Africa/Middle East under the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group of the UN (INSARAG).