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Forest fires in Austria: EU deploys immediate assistance

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Austria activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (MPCU) on 29 October, asking for help to tackle the forest fires that had broken out in the Hirschwang region of Lower Austria. The EU Emergency Response Coordination Center mobilized 2 Canadair CL-415 firefighting aircraft, based in Italy. The planes, which are part of the EU fleet in transition rescEU, are already deployed in Austria.

In addition, Germany and Slovakia have offered firefighting helicopters through the MPCU. Both offers have been accepted and their deployment is pending. The Copernicus service was also activated to support firefighting operations in Austria. Map products are available here.

Welcoming the rapid deployment of rescEU assets, Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “With our swift response to Austria's request for assistance, the EU is once again demonstrating its full solidarity in the face of destructive forest fires. Support is ongoing. I would like to thank the member states which have already mobilized or offered to mobilize resources for fighting fires. Our hearts go out to those affected, the firefighters and other first responders. We are ready to provide further assistance."

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