Prime Minister calls for collaboration, mutual help and coordination in fighting fires

New tanks were delivered to the corporations of Alcoutim and Loulé, in the Algarve, and of Almodôvar and Vila Nova de Milfontes, in Baixo Alentejo

Photo: José Goulão | LUSA

The Prime Minister, Luís Montenegro, appealed yesterday, Friday to the agents involved in fighting the fires to develop a spirit of collaboration, mutual assistance and coordination in the fight against the fires.

Addressing the firefighters, governing bodies, security authorities, Armed Forces and president of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), present in Pombal for the ceremony to hand over new fire-fighting vehicles, Luís Montenegro left a “ very, very firm call for developing the spirit of collaboration, mutual assistance and coordination”.

In total, ANEPC delivered 15 forest firefighting vehicles to as many volunteer fire brigades, namely those of Alcoutim and Loulé, in the Algarve, those of Almodôvar and Vila Nova de Milfontes, in Baixo Alentejo, and those of Abrantes, Cercal do Tejo, Grândola, Vinhais, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Mora, Pombal, Sabugal, Santiago do Cacém, Sines and Torrão.

At the ceremony, Luís Montenegro argued that those responsible and agents involved in the firefighting device must be “all concerned not with our own vision and our own specific area of ​​action”, but “with what is an objective that is above from any of us and from any of the institutions that any of us represent”, he pointed out.

Comparing the institutions and means involved in the fight against fires with the political framework, Montenegro called for the application of the philosophy that he claims to defend for the executive he leads: “The Government also does not solve everything and is not the exclusive one in determining public policies. and the respective guidelines”.

A few days before the beginning of summer and the period of greatest fire danger, the Prime Minister stressed the need for Portugal to be united.

“We need to be coordinated and coordinate the institutions and populations of Portugal with us; we need to live up to what is certainly the noblest action that we can all achieve: the common good”, in order to “reduce the risk of those who may go through emergency episodes, reduce the impact that these episodes can bring” and “reinforce the feeling of security for each of us”, he said.

In a challenge to those present at the ceremony, Luís Montenegro recalled that his own action “is an important component of the life of every Portuguese person”.

“Those who are affected by serious events are waiting for us, but there are many – I would say everyone – who, if they are not in that circumstance, every day are afraid that they might be. And they want to be at peace, knowing that we can be there when needed,” he concluded.

As for the vehicles distributed, ten are forestry fire-fighting vehicles (VFCI) and five forestry tactical tank vehicles (VTTF), acquired under the “More forest – Reform of the Fire Prevention and Fighting System” program of the Recovery Plan. and Resilience (with European funding).

Five command vehicles were also allocated to the ANEPC operational structure, in what is the second batch of vehicles delivered to firefighters out of a total of 81 purchased under the PRR.

According to ANEPC announced in Pombal, this is the “largest distribution of firefighting vehicles ever”.

According to the president of the authority, Duarte Costa, “since 2012, the State has not allocated a set of vehicles to the fire departments and since 2007 it has not distributed operational vehicles to ANEPC”.