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Forest firefighting equipment sent to Macedonia

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The Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) has since Wednesday had two fire experts in place in Macedonia, which is suffering from extensive forest fires.

They have now in cooperation with the Macedonian authorities agreed that the SRSA shall provide six containers of forest firefighting equipment.

"The containers are loaded with most of what is required to fight forest fires, equipment that has been previously used in Sweden," says Curt Näslund, project leader for the Macedonia operation.

They contain, among other things, motor pumps, hoses, axes, shovels and rakes, and left Sweden by truck today, Friday. They are expected to arrive in Macedonia on Sunday.

The forest fires in Macedonia are reported to be difficult to extinguish. The continuing heat wave has worsened the situation.

"The fire fighting is now being aimed at saving housing and farmland etc. The forests have simply got to be left to burn out," says Curt Näslund.

Responsible: David Johansson