Two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the Multinational Strategic Transport Unit and a C-27J Spartan aircraft of the Romanian Air Force performed, on Thursday and Friday, emergency air missions from Otopeni and Timisoara airports to an air base in the Bordeaux area, for the transport of some teams of Romanian firefighters and rescuers, together with the related equipment.
According to the MApN, there are 77 rescue firefighters and 17 means of intervention that will act, in the next period, in support of the intervention forces in France, in order to limit the spread of the forest fires that occur during this period.
The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft took off from Otopeni Airport on Thursday, around 10:00 p.m. and from the Timisoara airport, on Friday, around 5:00 p.m., and the C-27J Spartan aircraft took off on Friday morning, from Otopeni airport, he stopped in Timişoara, from where he left around 10:00 for France.
The execution of the two flights with the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft was requested by the Ministry of National Defense, within the quota of flight hours allocated to Romania, as a member state of the Multinational Strategic Transport Unit, MApN says.
Following the activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), through the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU), in its capacity as the national contact point, received from the Emergency Response Coordination Center of to the European Commission (ERCC), through CECIS, the request of the French authorities for the granting of international assistance, considering the emergency situation generated by the spread of forest fires on their territory.
The decision to send the forces and means of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations to France was taken within the National Committee for Emergency Situations, convened on Thursday by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, at the proposal of the DSU.