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Civil Defense: Italian Canadair airplane in Cyprus for a wide fire

Rome, Italy - The aircraft can intervene on the flames starting from late afternoon, due to the numerous flight hours necessary to reach the area

A Canadair CL-415 airplane of the Firemen Brigade Department took off in the early morning from Italy, activated in the context of the European project "Better Use of Forest Fire Extinguishing-IT" to contribute to putting out the wide fire that is interesting Evrychou, at South-West of Nicosia, in Ciprus. The aircraft, whose transfer is financed for 85% by the European Commission while the costs on territory are supported by the Country that requires assistance, has been activated through the Civil Defense Department from Brussels upon request by the Cypriot Government. Due to the numerous flight hours necessary to reach the operations zone, it is predicted that it can intervene on the fire as of today in late afternoon. This Canadair in the period in which is not used, upon request by Brussels and in one of the other States of the Union in the criticality situations, is available on the Italian territory and is added to those predicted in the context of the national fleet (airplanes and helicopters), as already happened last week for the extinguishing operations of the fires in Sicily.

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