Official Statement of MND
11th August 2021

Deployment of PNA helicopters in the forests’ fire fighting operations

      As part of its continuous efforts to extinguish forests’ fires ravaging the wilayas of Tizi-Ouzou - 1st Military Region and Bejaia - 5th Military Region, the High Command of the People’s National Army has mobilized Air Force MI26 helicopters, in the fire-fighting operations, particularly in some inaccessible regions. These helicopters are characterised by their huge payload capacity and high efficiency in the field, especially when it comes to difficult terrain and complicated weather conditions caused by fires.


      The use of this type of helicopters is a great support to the PNA detachments’ ongoing activities on the field, alongside the civil protection services that are also trying to overcome these forests’ fires.


     In addition to the helicopters deployed for this operation, all human and material means were made available, such as engines and bulldozers to help open up tracks in inaccessible areas and slow down the progress of the fires. The operation will continue until the fires are completely under control.


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