In August, several devastating fires have burned large areas of forest and forced people to flee their homes.
Following a request for assistance by France, the EU launched one of its largest emergency operations in the country.
Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU coordinated 6 firefighting planes from its rescEU fleet positioned in Greece, Italy, and Sweden.
In addition, more than 400 firefighters with more than 100 vehicles from Austria, Germany, Poland, and Romania supported French first responders.
In a true spirit of European solidarity to face this fire emergency together, these countries sent their assistance within hours from the request for support.
Story by Tim Gillmair, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Publication date: 18/08/2022