Ukraine sends emergency service firefighting planes to Turkey to extinguish large-scale forest fires

Two firefighting planes from Ukraine’s National Emergency Service An-32P depart for Turkey to help put out the forest fires that broke out on July 28 in Antalya province and spread to the provinces of Osmaniye, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Adana, Mersin and Mugla, the press service of the State Emergency Service reported on Friday.

“Now the total area of ​​the fires is over 1,500 hectares. As a result of the fires, four people died and 183 people were injured, of which 58 people were hospitalized, more than 100 houses and private structures were damaged The emergency services have taken control of more than 36 forest fires, the extinction of 20 foci continues, ”says the report.

He notes that in order to help Turkish firefighters, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2020 between the National Emergency Service of Ukraine and the Presidency of Disaster and Emergency Management of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the field of disaster and emergency prevention and elimination of their consequences, Ukraine sends two crews of An-32P firefighting aircraft with a support group.

“They are experienced specialists who already have experience in mountainous areas and have been involved in the elimination of large-scale fires in Montenegro, Israel and Georgia,” said the State Emergency Service. .

They add that in total, as of July 30, more than 4,000 people, 457 pieces of equipment and 35 planes are involved in extinguishing the fires, which is complicated by the strong wind and hot weather.

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