The Region strengthens the “zero tolerance” strategy: here are the new fire-fighting pick-ups

The Region strengthens the “zero tolerance” strategy: here are the new fire-fighting pick-ups
The Region strengthens the “zero tolerance” strategy: here are the new fire-fighting pick-ups

CATANZARO In the San Francesco di Paola square of the Cittadella in Catanzarothe president of the Calabria Region, Roberto Occhiuto, formally delivered the 18 new 4×4 firefighting pick-up vehicles that the Civil Protection assigned through a tender to the ProCiv volunteer organizations registered in the regional register. LThe initiative is part of the Region’s “zero tolerance” campaign with a view to strengthening firefighting activities in the Calabrian territory. However, a nineteenth vehicle will remain with the regional Civil Protection. Among others, the regional councilor for Forestry Gianluca Gallo also participated in the delivery of the vehicles.

Occhiuto’s intervention

«With councilor Gallo and general director Costarella – began Occhiuto – we thought of investing part of the Por’s resources that had not been invested in past years to purchase vehicles that could be used in the firefighting campaign that we will present shortly. It is a campaign that is based on many prevention initiatives, but also on deterrence and fire suppression initiatives. It is a way to provide these associations with more advanced means so that they can carry out their work more usefully. I must underline the commitment of the Calabria Verde staff and of the voluntary associations and civil protection, because drones would not be enough, deterrence would not be enough to fight fires, therefore the contribution of those who are directly on the territory is very precious for us and for this reason we wanted to recognize them for the work they do while also giving them the tools to do it better”. According to Occhiuto «there is an old problem because we have forestry workers who are now quite advanced in age and are probably no longer in a position to carry out the work they did until a few years ago, therefore we need to think about an evolution of forestry work, made up of younger workers but above all made up of qualified people that can make forestation an opportunity to maintain the territory better than has been done in past years in Calabria, but also an opportunity for development. I think for example – concluded Occhiuto – that an investment in the relaunch of forestation – we have spoken about it several times with councilor Gallo – must also include the contribution of many young forestry engineerswhich can give a turning point to this sector which deserves to be developed differently in the future.”

Gallo’s intervention

According to councilor Gallo «increase the number of vehicles in the area, increase the number of teams, have an even faster intervention with greater proximityity means ensuring that fires spread more slowly. It is therefore important to intervene immediately, which means being able to put out fires immediately and avoid significant damage. In recent days the Regional Council has approved a budget change for the purchase of new drones and new vehicles, with an investment of 2.5 million: «An important investment – ​​claimed Gallo – to improve the efficiency of the fire prevention system. Calabria is standing out to the national and international community for this efficiency, I believe that this path should be continued without thinking of having the truth in your pocket, but thinking of being able to be useful to the Calabrian environmental system”. The ceremony was attended by, among others, the general director of the regional civil protection Costarella, the general director of the Uoa Forestazione Pallaria and the general director of Calabria Verde Oliva. Immediately after the delivery ceremony of the vehicles, a plenary meeting of the implementing bodies of the 2024 Forest Fire Prevention Plan (Aib) was held: present were the leaders of the Region and representatives of Civil Protection, Prefectures, Anci, Uncem, Provinces, Azienda Calabria Verde, Vigili of the fire, Anas and the Carabinieri Region Command and the Forestry Carabinieri. (B.C)

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