Armed Forces help prevent fires in the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo

There will be Army and Navy patrols on the ground in seven districts of mainland Portugal

21 Armed Forces patrols are starting today and until Monday in the field to help detect and prevent fires in seven districts of mainland Portugal, including those from Faro and Beja.

The support is being given following a request made by the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), "in view of the announced forecast of a sharp rise in temperatures during these days", according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces ( EMGFA).

In all, 84 military personnel, 60 from the Army and 24 from the Navy, are involved in these ground surveillance and deterrent patrols, which make up the patrols of these two branches of the Armed Forces sent to the field, 15 from the Army and 6 from the Navy.

Until Monday, air base nº 11, in Beja, will also provide logistical support to receive two medium Fire Boss amphibious aircraft, belonging to the Special Device for Fighting Rural Fires.

This reinforcement of the military aims to “increase prevention actions all over the country, with a special focus on the districts of Beja, Bragança, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Portalegre and Setúbal».

"At this stage, the military of the Armed Forces will be engaged in ground surveillance operations and, if necessary, may be engaged in post-aftermath actions, or in general support for protection and relief operations that may be triggered" , added the EMGFA.