The largest EU civil protection operation helps Sweden fight forest fires
Over 360 fire-fighting personnel, 7 planes, 6 helicopters and 67 vehicles were mobilised through the European Civil Protection Mechanism in July/August 2018 to assist Sweden in combating unprecedented forest fires.
This is the largest European Civil Protection operation for forest fires in the last decade and the single biggest operation on forest fires in terms of deployment of staff. The operation included 815 flying hours and 8 822 drops of water.
The EU coordinated the collective support to Sweden from Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Portugal and Poland. Austria, Czech Republic and Turkey also proposed to help. Additionally, 37 satellite maps were produced by the EU's Copernicus programme.