Spain sends two firefighting aircraft to Tunisia to help fight the terrible wave of fires

Jul 26, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The deployment will be supported by an A400M Air and Space Army aircraft and personnel from the Military Emergency Unit.

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Two firefighting aircraft

The Ministry of Defense, in coordination with the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, in response to the request received through the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union, has ordered the activation and dispatch to Tunisia of the “RescEU” module, composed of two firefighting aircraft, in addition to a total of 27 military personnel between endowments, technicians and liaison personnel of the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

This deployment will be supported by an Air and Space Army A400 aircraft, which will carry out the air transport of the necessary personnel and material.

The two Air and Space Army firefighting aircraft will assist in extinguishing the terrible fires that are ravaging Tunisia and which have led the authorities of this North African country to request assistance from the European Union Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC).

In 2019, the EU reinforced and strengthened its disaster risk management capacity by enhancing its Civil Protection Mechanism. The latest element introduced, the so-called “RescEU”, consists of an additional voluntary pool of firefighting aircraft and helicopters ready to assist member states when needed and complement national capacity when a country is overwhelmed.

Spain already activated this EU module in the summer of 2021, deploying one aircraft to Turkey and another to Greece.