IamA Emergency Responder who was at Chernobyl following the disaster AMA!
My short bio: Note: I am conducting this AMA with my father-in-law, who has been with the Ukrainian MHC (emergency response unit of government) for more than thirty years. I will be translating responses to your questions and posting them here!
He lives in Zhitomir with his wife and son and was an emergency responder in the days following the Chernobyl disaster.
We're on Skype for the next hour then we'll take a break and I'll post more answers tomorrow (time difference).
Thanks everyone for asking questions. We'll answer random questions as they come, but we appreciate your interest and hope that we shared something useful to you!
My Proof: Here is a certificate he received in September of that year following his deployment to the area surrounding Pripyat and the facility itself.
Dear Comrade HIS NAME Please accept the gratitude of Kiev Police Department Police Chief Maj. General Comrade Korneichuk V. M. for your excellent performance of duty to ensure ..............unreadable.......... organizational engineering measures aimed at rapid elimination of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and for displaying heroism, courage, bravery and discipline.
I am confident that you will continue to perform your duties selflessly.
I wish you good health, happiness and continued success in the service.
Head of Department Lieutenant colonel of internal service V. Triputin Stamp September 2, 1986