Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Government in talks with Canada to acquire aerial means to fight wildfires

Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, Sergio Federowicz signed a letter of intent with representatives of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) in Ottawa, Canada to acquire three aerial tools to fight wildfires. in Argentina. Argentina Environmental Portfolio intends to move forward before the end of the year – with the procurement process and advance payments – to receive the helicopters to be delivered by July 2024.

Federowski, who heads the trade mission, said the signing of the agreement and letter of intent with Canada’s CCC “implies a historic event” for the National Fire Management Service, and explained in this sense that “Thanks to the independent financing of the organization, following the contribution made by the National Congress through the rate of insurance policies, a series of such investments could be programmed, including the purchase of three latest generation Bell helicopters, With a ventral tank to fight fires in Argentina, it demonstrates the success of collaboration between Argentina and Canada.

,We are going to guarantee the presence of Chinook helicopters in the next Argentine summer, regardless of the end of the administration on December 10th.”, affirmed Fedorovski, and highlighted the “public policy” carried out by the administration of the national government and the Ministry of the Environment, in which he indicated- “leaves the basis for the continuation in the fight against fires in the summer of 2023-2024 ″.

it must be remembered Cooperation with Canada begins in late 2022, with the rental of Chinooks, provided by Coulson Aviation, a Canadian company pioneer in aerial warfare, which operated with great success in Patagonia and the Delta between January and April this year.This made it possible to avoid catastrophic fires in both areas.

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Sergio Fedorovski signed the letter of intent with representatives of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) in Ottawa, Canada.

The secretary also specified that this new agreement would allow for the purchase of clothing, water bags and other types of resources that would strengthen the SNMPF.

The parties signed an MoU in 2022 regarding the acquisition of means, equipment and fire fighting services by air and land from Canada. Based on government to government agreements in support of stressed projects within the National Fire Management Fund programme.

for his part, Canadian Ambassador to Argentina Reid Sirers indicated that the letter of intent is “particularly relevant and timely considering the effects of climate change around the world,” and stressed that “Canada and Argentina are indifferent to the fire crisis.” are not. S. In this context, cooperation between our countries becomes even more important.

Along the same lines, Kim Douglas, CCC vice president of business development and marketing, stated that “Canada has developed firefighting expertise and technology for the challenging terrain. CCC is proud to help the Government of Argentina protect its people and communities with proven Canadian solutions.,

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