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EU Emergency Response Centre helps tackle fires in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Emergency Response Centre helps tackle fires in Bosnia and Herzegovina
08/08/2013  - 

The European Commission's Emergency Response Centre (ERC) is facilitating the urgent provision of assistance to fight the growing forest fires in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thanks to quick coordination by the ERC. two fire-fighting planes, offered by Croatia, are already deployed in the affected area.

“Yet again, European cooperation in civil protection is proving its practical value. Croatia, our newest Member State, is showing exemplary solidarity with its neighbour,” said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

"We must remain vigilant – the forest fires season is in its midst. The Emergency Response Centre is in regular contact with the countries in the highest risk. We are ready to help if other fires overwhelm the national capacities," the Commissioner added.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has suffered large-scale forest fires since early August. Given the high temperatures, the forecast predicting more heat and wind, and the difficult access to the affected areas, the country has asked for European support. Upon receiving the request, the ERC has communicated it to all participants in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Croatia has made the water-bombing airplanes available to help its neighbour.

The ERC is actively monitoring the forest fire risks and evolution across Europe.