Wildfire season is upon us: Here’s what the European Union is putting in place

By Saskia O’Donoghue
June 1, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

With summer just around the corner, we’re all dreaming of sunshine and swimming in the sea – but with the hot weather comes the risk of wildfires. That’s where the European Union comes in. From June, they’re putting in place measures to bolster firefighting efforts in order to better protect communities across Europe – and the surrounding environment. Following devastating fires in 2023 – recorded as some of the very worst this century – the EU has put together a team of 556 firefighters from 12 countries. They’ll be strategically placed across key locations in Europe this summer, including in high risk areas like France, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Local fire brigades can find themselves overwhelmed when the scale of a wildfire outsizes the response capabilities of a country. The EU are also introducing a dedicated rescue fleet of firefighting aircraft, which will consist of 28 aeroplanes and 4 helicopters stationed in 10 of the bloc’s Member States.

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