Specialized units of @fire are currently assisting with large forest fires in the Falkenberg/Elster region (Brandenburg) and in the Saxon Switzerland National Park (Saxony), where about 250 hectares of forest are on fire. The fire had broken out over the weekend in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic and then spread to the Saxon Switzerland National Park. The forest fire in Brandenburg had already broken out at the beginning of the week and had spread very quickly to around 800 hectares. Currently, firefighting efforts cover an area of 550 to 600 hectares, he said.
Due to a number of extensive forest fires in the state of Brandenburg, some specialized units of @fire were requested for support by the Ministry of the Interior of Brandenburg on Monday. Since the evening, dozens of @fire emergency personnel have been involved in firefighting operations in the Falkenberg/Elster region. In this context, @fire provides expert advisors for the operations command, provides support for staff work and actively assists with firefighting operations on the ground with a unit known as a hand crew.
Specialists from @fire were also requested by the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge to assist with an extensive vegetation fire in the national park “Sächsische Schweiz”. Since Tuesday, numerous @fire responders have been on the scene to assist the more than 300 municipal responders fighting the fire. The focus of their work here is firefighting in impassable terrain. This is precisely where the highly mobile @fire response teams can show their strength and initiate targeted firefighting measures. In addition, a targeted preventive fire intervention is carried out by the specialists to prevent further spread of the fire. In addition to the work of the hand crews in the field, the @fire technical advisors also support the various incident commanders with their expertise and coordinate the water drops of the deployed aircraft.
Once again, we would like to thank all the emergency services, authorities, organizations and helpers on site for the good cooperation in a spirit of partnership and for the trust they have placed in us.