Under the Alert Situation Statement, from September 4, until midnight, yesterday, September 10, the Republican National Guard (GNR), through its Territorial Protection of Nature and Environment , criminal investigation, cavalry, as well as the Protection and Relief Intervention Group (GIPS), strengthened surveillance, surveillance and ground patrolling throughout the Continental Territory to prevent forest fires.
Also in this context, the GNR, using a Portuguese Air Force (FAP) helicopter, carried out air patrols, focusing on districts that are in Special Alert State, with very high and maximum fire risk.
In addition to its normal FAP (pilot and mechanic) garrison, the helicopter was carrying two GNR military personnel, who were constantly observing the forest areas, in order to detect activities that violated the stated declaration, or that constitute suspicious behavior. of committing crimes.
During the air patrol carried out yesterday, September 10, near Rio Maior, the air way detected an illegal forestry activity, using machinery, an activity that is prohibited because the Alert Situation is in progress.
The military, who were in the helicopter, via radio and with the support of a tablet, transmitted the GPS coordinates to the ground patrol, which allowed to intercept and identify two men, 22 and 56 years old, employees of a forestry company. , which operated two wood loading and hauling machines, and immediately ceased work.
The facts were sent to the Judicial Court of Santarém. The video allows you to get a sense of this air patrolling action.
As the entity responsible for coordinating national forest surveillance patrols for the Warning Status period, GNR coordinated a total of 5 780 patrols, of which 3,846 were carried out by GNR. still engaged 7 836 military and traveled more than 222 thousand kilometers. During this period, the GNR still identified 24 individuals and detained 4 others, due to the suspicion of the crime of forest fire.