Mainly rescuers from the West Pomeranian and Greater Poland Voivodships (65 firemen and 20 vehicles from each of these voivodships) are taking part in firefighting in Sweden. In addition, they are supported by firefighters from Mazovia and the Main Command of the State Fire Service (9 rescuers and 4 vehicles).
From the beginning the mission was planned for up to 14 days. During that time, Polish firemen are self-sufficient in terms of logistics (own tents and food) and medical aid (the group also includes paramedics).
On Friday (July 20, 2018), officers of the State Fire Service set off for Sweden which was struggling with forest fires. After two days of travel, firefighters reached the town of Sveg. They established their main base there, from which they set off every day.
During these two weeks, firefighters have been working without a day's break in the so-called
rotational mode. This means that approximately 60 percent of firefighters are in action at all times. Approximately 40 percent rest after a 12-hour service. Polish firefighters fought fires in, among others, Karbole, the inhabitants of which had previously been evacuated. They built a seven-kilometre long defence line there.
The situation in the area of Polish activities is normalising. At present, firefighters are carrying out activities involving putting out the embers and patrolling the area. In connection with the normalisation of the situation, Minister Joachim Brudziński - in consultation with the Swedish side - made the decision to return firefighters to Poland.
Activities will be carried out until Friday (August 3, 2018). After that, rescuers will have to pack their equipment and tents, and on Saturday will set off from Sveg to Trelleborg (over 1 000 km). They will probably embark by sea for Świnoujście on Sunday evening.
Other foreign firefighters who participated in the firefighting campaign in Sweden will return to their countries this week.
The trip to Sweden was connected with the official request of the local authorities who, through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, asked for rescue aid in the fight against forest fires.