When you travelled to Sweden, our hearts trembled with fear, but also with pride, because we knew that you would be up to the task. Thank you very much for your professionalism, your incredible perseverance, your excellent work on Swedish soil said the head of the government to the firefighters in Świnoujście who returned to Poland after two weeks of mission.
You helped Sweden, Poland, and above all - people.
What you have done in the name of solidarity and cooperation is the best proof that we are willingly building this real European solidarity stressed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Finally, he added,
We are proud of you. Thank you very much for that.
On July 16, Sweden launched the EU civil protection mechanism and since then has applied for air and ground rescue assistance. In response to the assistance requested, the Polish government decided to provide support. Firemen of the State Fire Service set out for Sweden on July 20.
The Polish rescue group consisted of 139 people and 44 vehicles. They were mainly State Fire Service rescuers from the West Pomeranian and Greater Poland Voivodeships, supported by the commanding staff from the Main Headquarters of the State Fire Service and State Fire Service rescuers from the Masovian and Lubusz Voivodeships. The Polish group was self-supported in operational, logistic and medical terms.
In recent years, supporting states and regions from around the world that were affected by disasters, rescue modules of the State Fire Service participated in rescue missions, among others in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Haiti.