Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.
According to the minister, the first three fire stations of a new type with as few professional employees as possible and staffed mainly with volunteer firefighters will be introduced in Dnipro City next year.
The reform will fundamentally change the current system, the minister says.
"It provides for the involvement of volunteer firefighters, just like in the rest of the world. Besides, this will delegate a significant portion of functions to the local authorities," he said.
According to Avakov, one of the key tasks is to break the "negative stereotype of a fire safety inspector."
The Dnipro City Council representatives reported that a special working group to introduce innovations to the fire-fighting service had already been created.
Avakov earlier said that the new centers to control police patrols will be introduced in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro.