Says Bert Sissens, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network Fire Brigade’s Forest Fire Working Group.
“There are already more forest fires and we risk another increase due to climate change. We want to be prepared to protect nature and people. A standard procedure has already been developed within the network of fire services for forest fires, which applies in the twenty region Flemish fire brigades. We also continued training in France with a group Our work is this spring and we will continue the follow-up cycle in the fall. Starting next year, we will provide thirty hours of additional training for each firefighter. This is not mandatory, but in areas of increased risk such as the health forests of Antwerp and the forests of Limburg, the goal is to train everyone. In case Big fire, a few specialists are not enough: you have to be able to pay.So everyone should know when you can no longer get there, for example, with air support from the Federal Police whose helicopter can only have 800 liters of anti-water fires, while helicopters from the Netherlands fly at a speed of 10,000 liters. The goal is to expand in the future according to the same European methodology.”
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