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Forest fires: EU mobilises its firefighting fleet to assist Portugal

For the third day in a row, peacekeepers have needed to cope with greater than 100 hearth begins throughout the nation and the height temperatures are nonetheless to come back. About 1,500 firefighters have been mobilised to place out three forest fires which were raging for greater than 48 hours in central and northern Portugal, because the nation is hit by a warmth wave that has prompted the federal government to declare a state of emergency. 

Portugal has activated the EU Civil Safety Mechanism to request emergency help for the present wildfires within the central a part of the nation. In an instantaneous response, the European Fee has mobilised this morning 2 Canadair firefighting airplanes from its rescEU fleet positioned in Spain. The planes are supporting Portuguese first responders within the affected areas.

Commissioner for Disaster Administration Janez Lenarčič stated: “With our fast response to the Portuguese request for help, the EU demonstrates its full solidarity in going through the damaging forest fires in central Portugal. I thank Spain for swiftly mobilising two firefighting planes through the RescEU this morning. Our ideas are with these affected, and with the fireplace fighters and different first responders on the bottom. We stand prepared to supply additional help.”

As well as, the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service was activated by Portugal on 8 July for the forest fires affecting Leiria and Santarem districts in Ourém municipality. These maps help first responders with an evaluation of the impression and injury of the fires. 

Background

The EU Civil Safety Mechanism strengthens cooperation between and amongst Member States and Taking part States within the discipline of civil safety, with a view to enhancing prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. By way of the Mechanism, the European Fee performs a key position in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and past.

When the dimensions of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a rustic, it will possibly request help through the Mechanism. As soon as activated, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre coordinates help made out there by its Taking part States by spontaneous presents. Ought to the emergency require further help, the rescEU reserve will be activated.

Up to now, all EU Member States take part within the Mechanism, in addition to Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey. Since its inception in 2001, the EU Civil Safety Mechanism has responded to over 600 requests for help inside and outdoors the EU.

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