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Together, one step ahead of wildfires: how Croatia’s firefighters helped Slovenia extinguish the flames

When fires broke out in Slovenia in July 2022, the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism sprang into action. EU satellite mapping helped determine the progression and direction of the fires, and firefighters flew in from a nearby base in Croatia.

Information is key

Flying to the rescue

EU cooperation through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism gives countries with no aerial firefighting assets a tool to fight wildfires. The rescEU fleet, which is part of the Mechanism, is becoming more and more important

Igor Mindoljević

Preparing for the future

12

new light aircrafts in 2023

3

new helicopters in 2023

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firefighting capacity in 2023

During the 2022 fire season in Europe, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated 11 times, mobilising 33 planes, 8 helicopters, and around 350 firefighters and other types of support for tackling wildfires. 

The future will only be hotter, with unusual and unprecedented weather events.  

To ensure that we can respond to the growing risk of wildfires, forecasting systems such as EFFIS will continue to improve, and the EU will strengthen its firefighting resources.  

Ahead of the 2023 wildfire season, the EU is already planning to double its rescEU firefighting capacity with up to 12 additional light aircraft and 3 new helicopters. 

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