Written by Lt Cdr David Collins RN
|EUFOR helicopter in fire fighting action in the Konjic area.|
On 8 August 2012, EUFOR received a request from the BiH Ministry of Security seeking assistance in fighting wild fires in BiH.
Brigadier General Ernő Péter Siposs, the acting head of EUFOR said:
“EUFOR possesses limited fire fighting equipment which is designed mainly for use within Camp Butmir. However, we will assist the BiH authorities within our means and capabilities to help them bring the wild fires under control.”
On 09 August 2012 EUFOR assessed the geographical extent of wild fires in southern BiH from the air. This information was passed onto the Ministry of Security in order to enhance their situational awareness and assist in co-ordinating fire fighting efforts.
EUFOR has also deployed a single helicopter fitted with its airborne specialist fire fighting equipment to the KONJIC area on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Monday 13 August. During the three days the EUFOR helicopters dropped over 35,000 litres of water in over 70 separate lifts.
An Alouette III helicopter dropped approximately 14,000 litres of water in 28 lifts on Friday and approximately 10,000 litres of water in 20 lifts on Saturday. On Monday an AB212 helicopter was used to drop approximately 11,500 litres of water in 23 lifts.
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