EU supports Sweden in combatting ongoing forest fires

Monday, 4 August 2014 14:01 GMT


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The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is facilitating the urgent provision of assistance to extinguish the forest fires raging in Sweden. Two fire-fighting aircraft, offered by Italy, will be deployed during the day to the affected areas.

Yesterday evening Sweden requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to fight forest fires raging in the mid-eastern part of the country. The request triggered a rapid reaction from the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) which immediately alerted the civil protection authorities of all the countries participating in the Mechanism.

The ERCC is actively monitoring the forest fire risks and evolution across Europe. It uses national monitoring services and tools such as EFFIS (the European Forest Fire Information System) and satellite imagery to provide an overview of the situation in Europe. 

The European Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 31 European states: 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (which is currently renewing its membership). The participating countries pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. When activated, the Mechanism coordinates the provision of assistance inside and outside the European Union. 

Read more stories from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) here.