Fires: More than 350 firefighters, 101 vehicles and six planes on their way to France, sent by seven

Fires: More than 350 firefighters, 101 vehicles and six planes on their way to France, sent by seven

The countries of the European Union (EU) come to France’s aid. A total of six planes, 383 men and 101 vehicles will be dispatched to support the 1,100 French firefighters still battling the wildfires that are still ravaging France, particularly the south-west, the European Commission announced on Thursday, August 11. known.

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“The EU shows full solidarity when a country faces an emergency situation,” EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said in a statement. “European solidarity is at work!”, President Emmanuel Macron welcomed on Twitter on Thursday and announced this reinforcement.

Four aircraft from the European Union (EU) firefighting fleet were dispatched to France at the request of the French authorities. The two Greek Canadairs are due to arrive in Bordeaux this Thursday, the two Swedish Air Tractors, water bombers, will arrive in Vannes on French soil on Friday.

In addition, firefighting teams from several European Union countries are on their way to support French firefighters under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the Commission said. The EU satellite Copernicus was also activated by Paris. It collects vital data for first responders to burned areas.

From Thursday evening, 77 people and 14 vehicles from Romania, 65 people and 24 vehicles from Germany and 22 people from Greece will arrive in France. The Polish teams with 146 people and 49 vehicles and the Austrian teams with 73 people and 14 vehicles will arrive on Friday.

President Emmanuel Macron announced that Italy would also take part in the French effort. “Several Canadair are coming to support the French and European firefighters mobilized on our territory,” the president said on Twitter on Thursday.