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SWPCz-6

SWPCz-6 fire station in Pripyat, where the unit was stationed. (early 1980's)

The Pripyat Guard of the 6th Paramilitary Fire/Rescue Unit (also known simply as the Pripyat Fire Department). It was a self-service unit that served the city of Pripyat and (when necessary) the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant).

This unit was the second fire brigade to respond to the explosion and subsequent fires at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the early hours of the morning on April 26th, 1986

Similar to the members of the 2nd Paramilitary Fire Brigade, many of their men died in Moscow Hospital No. 6 - which specialized in radiology and burns, several weeks following the night of the accident.

Personnel[]

Vasily Ignatenko

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  • Vasily Ignatenko was born on the 13th March 1961 in a tiny village called Sperizh'e in southern Belarus. He finished his service in the army and then was offered to be a fireman in Pripyat. He was the champion athlete at the Pripyat Fire Station. Recently married to Ludymilla Ignatenko. He was 25 when the disaster happened. He was a sergeant, a squad leader. He arrived at the power plant at 1:45 AM around 20 minutes after the explosion. He climbed to the roof of reactor 3 and started extinguishing fires underneath the ventilation chimney and on the roof later named Masha. After hours of firefighting he eventually succumbed to the early symptoms of ARS and collapsed.He was taken to Pripyat hospital and then later taken to Hospital No.6 in Moscow. He died on the 13th May 1986. He was of one of the six who got closest to the reactor, According to reports. When he died, His feet were so swollen no shoes fit on him, Same with his face which was so swollen his eyes were barley visible, His radiation burns combined with Brown, Slightly blue, and grey.

Viktor Kibenok

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  • Viktor Kibenok was born in Ivanivka, Ukraine on February 17th 1963. He was a Lieutenant at Pripyat Fire Station, he was good friends with all of his colleagues. He arrived at the power plant at 1:45 AM and talked with Pravik about the best way the fight the fire. Since Pravik had already scouted the building, he directed Kibenok and his men to get on the roof of reactor 3 and extinguish fires there. Kibenok's men eventually all started to vomit and collapse and they were all taken by ambulance to Pripyat Hospital then later taken the Moscow where they all later died. Kibenok died on the 11th May 1986.

Vladimir Tishura

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  • Tishura was born on the 15th December 1959 in Leningrad. From 1978-1980 he served as a senior sergeant in the military. He was a locksmith at the power plant before the disaster. In 1982 he became a firefighter. He went to the roof with the others and got a lethal dose. He was taken off the roof and replaced by the combat crews which had just arrived. He died on the 10th May 1986 at the age of 26 from acute radiation syndrome.

Nikolai Vashchuk

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  • Not much is known about Nikolai Vashchuck. He was born on the 5th June 1959 in Zhitomar. He was a firefighter at the Pripyat Fire Department and fought fires on the roof of reactor 3. He died on the 14th May 1986 from Acute Radiation syndrome at the age of 26.

Nikolai Titenok

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  • Nikolai was born on the 5th of December 1962 in Kyiv. Like Vashchuk, little to nothing in known about him. He fought fires on the roof of reactor 3. He got a lethal dose while on the roof and was taken to Pripyat hospital, before being transferred to Moscow Hospital Number 6 which specialised in Radiology and burns. He died on 16th May 1986 from thermal burns and a blistered heart.
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