According to a statement from the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI), MAI has decided that in light of the meteorological forecasts for the second half of October, made available by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) to the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) to strengthen, by the end of October, the Special Device to Combat Rural Fire.
Thus, until October 31, the ground device will be reinforced with a further 624 firefighters. About 500 GIPS soldiers from GNR will be involved in surveillance and surveillance actions.
For air assets, 10 light helicopters will be available on lease, 3 light helicopters owned by the State, 6 medium amphibious aircraft and 3 heavy helicopters.
It was also decided to increase surveillance and surveillance actions by the GNR and PSP in their areas of competence and reinforce land mobile surveillance, based on the commitment of patrols of the Armed Forces, especially in the most sensitive and vulnerable areas.
In the scope of the National Network of Watchtowers, the primary network posts remain in operation until November 6.
This reinforcement of the device is implemented in accordance with the operational flexibility provided for in Operational Directive 2 – SAY.