PORTUGAL – Lisbon – The Interior Minister revealed in parliament today that a 2023 acquisition of more state-owned air resources to combat forest fires is being defined.
“The follow-up group that involves the National Civil Protection Authority and the Air Force is defining the need to gradually, within a horizon up to 2023, strengthen the component of the state’s own resources for acquisition,” Eduardo Cabrita told the deputies of the Commission of Agriculture and Sea, at a hearing requested by the PCP.
The minister said that these means “will not be in the summer of 2019”.
For this year, in which the management and command of aerial means of firefighting are made by the Air Force, the device will have 61 devices, five more than in 2018.
Twenty-two air routes have been contracted since 2018 for two years and 35 are now being tendered.
Three light helicopters are now part of the state fleet, whose public tender for management and maintenance was published last week in Diário da República and six Kamov helicopters, all of which are inoperative.
To the deputies, the minister also said that, at the moment, civil aviation is at the service of Civil Protection.
“We have more airstrips that we have had in January. We have 14 airplanes to operate, which are quite sufficient for January. We will have already in March, more than two dozen aerial means, “sustained Eduardo Cabrita.