It is burning all over France. The third heat wave this year reached its climax on Friday with between 38 and 41 degrees Celsius in the country, a heat that has exhausted hundreds of French firefighters at the front due to a cluster of fires. Three times more hectares of hectares have been burned in France than the annual average over the past 10 years, and this year has been a record in the European Union since surveys began in 2006. Thankfully, European Solidarity is well on its way. But what are our neighbors doing to help us fight the fires? 20 minutes Measures reinforcements.
Firefighters from elsewhere
On the front line to beat these fires, there are obviously our firefighters. Currently, 1,100 French firefighters are struggling day and night to resume the fire from the giant Landeras fire, while in July, smoke has already been emitted in this area of 14,000 hectares. 361 European firefighters took the road to southwest France to support us.
Already Thursday afternoon 65 German firefighters and 24 cars arrived. Dozens of other firefighters are expected to arrive in the coming days with trucks from Romania, Poland and Austria. “The Romanians and Germans will be on the ground tomorrow morning at dawn,” Martin Gospero, delegate to the Gironde’s defense and security governor, confirmed. To strengthen our workforce.
In the fight against fire, water launchers are the nerve of war. The French Civil Protection has 22 aircraft, but with global warming, these aircraft have become insufficient, and French President Emmanuel Macron has announced his intention to strengthen our (obsolete) fleet in the coming years. Meanwhile, four aircraft from the European Union’s firefighting fleet were sent from Greece and Sweden at the request of the French authorities, the European Commission said.
Emmanuel Macron announced that Italy would also send “a number of Canadian airlines”. The President of the Republic spoke by phone with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to “coordinate on reinforcements”, as specified in his accompanying delegation. The European Firefighting Fleet consists of twelve aircraft and one helicopter from six member states, stationed in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Sweden. It is fully funded by the European Union. Paris also acquired two additional Canadians for 2025 as part of a combined European order.
In addition to the mineral birds pouring cubic meters of water on our dying forests, European observation from the sky is also organized. The Commission has announced that Paris has activated the European Union’s Copernicus satellite to collect basic data for first responders in burnt areas. Copernicus is the Earth Observation Program developed by the European Union.
Since 2014, eight satellites have been placed in orbit around the blue planet to observe it from every angle. The Sentinel-2 satellite in particular is a valuable tool for monitoring the state of vegetation and forests in particular. This view of the sky allows firefighters to better understand the path of a forest fire and organize their response accordingly.