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Bolivia: French firefighters arrive to help tackle Amazon blazes

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Santa Cruz de la Sierra
September 08, 2019 at 03:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

A team of 38 French firefighters arrived in Bolivia's Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Saturday, to join forces with Bolivian authorities in tackling the fires devastating the Santa Cruz region.

The firefighters, who have a military background and are specialised in civil security, were greeted by Bolivian president Evo Morales on the tarmac.

Two tons of equipment, including masks, jackets, firefighter gloves, helmets, tents, medical equipment and medicines were also sent.

The team made a first assessment on the ground and will benefit from their previous experience tackling the Chilean wildfires in 2017, according to Captain Luc Ferta.

Morales, who had a telephone conversation with French president Emmanuel Macron on Friday, said "It is important to deal with adversity with unity and solidarity, work together in brotherhood spirit to defend life (and) defending the rights of mother earth."

Earlier this week, another team of French servicemen specialised in fires and logistics were deployed to the South American country alongside members of the civil security and firefighters.

Four drone operators and three drones are also expected to reach Bolivia on Sunday.

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A team of 38 French firefighters arrived in Bolivia's Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Saturday, to join forces with Bolivian authorities in tackling the fires devastating the Santa Cruz region.

The firefighters, who have a military background and are specialised in civil security, were greeted by Bolivian president Evo Morales on the tarmac.

Two tons of equipment, including masks, jackets, firefighter gloves, helmets, tents, medical equipment and medicines were also sent.

The team made a first assessment on the ground and will benefit from their previous experience tackling the Chilean wildfires in 2017, according to Captain Luc Ferta.

Morales, who had a telephone conversation with French president Emmanuel Macron on Friday, said "It is important to deal with adversity with unity and solidarity, work together in brotherhood spirit to defend life (and) defending the rights of mother earth."

Earlier this week, another team of French servicemen specialised in fires and logistics were deployed to the South American country alongside members of the civil security and firefighters.

Four drone operators and three drones are also expected to reach Bolivia on Sunday.

W/S Aircraft carrying French firefighters to Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra

M/S Ambassador of France in Bolivia, Denis Gaillard, lowering the steps of the plane

C/U Ambassador of France greeting Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

W/S Firefighters leaving the plane

W/S Firefighters

W/S Firefighters, crew, Morales and Gaillard pose for picture

C/U Firefighters

C/U Gaillard and Morales

W/S Cargo outside aircraft

C/U Cargo

W/S Airport staff

W/S Cargo

W/S Workers moving cargo

SOT, Captain Luc Ferta, Firefighter (French): "We went to the terrain, concretely to asses what type of vegetation is there, because it is not the same vegetation we are familiar with in Corsica or in French territory for example. Our previous experiences, however, help us prepare for this (terrain) since we also went to work on the wildfires in Chile back in 2017."

W/S Firefighters at presser with Bolivian Defence Minister Javier Eduardo Zavaleta Lopez, Morales and Gaillard

M/S Firefighters

SOT, Evo Morales, President of Bolivia (Spanish): "With international support, Bolivia is preparing, preparing to face this fire that evidently does a lot of damage to biodiversity and to families living in this area."

C/U Camera with image of Evo Morales *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Evo Morales, President of Bolivia (Spanish): "It is important to deal with adversity with unity and solidarity, work together in brotherhood spirit to defend life (and) defending the rights of mother earth."

C/U Firefighter

M/S Firefighters

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