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The minister of the interior: Now, we are better prepared

In a few days have a large number of forest and land fires have taken place in Sweden. Unlike last year, when the authorities received harsh criticism after a l

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The minister of the interior: Now, we are better prepared

In a few days have a large number of forest and land fires have taken place in Sweden. Unlike last year, when the authorities received harsh criticism after a large number of svårsläckta fires, believe the interior minister Mikael Damberg, Sweden is better equipped for this year's brandsäsong.

– I note that we are better prepared than last year, I'm not quiet, you should be on the toe, " says Damberg to the TT.

get up insertions by helicopter in order to be able to vattenbomba when there is a fire in the forest and the land. Where will Swedish civil contigencies Agency (MSB) to play an important role:

– the MSB has signed agreements with 30 helicopters from the private helicopter that is in store for that early be able to put out the fires. In the past, the municipalities call in helicopters or take the help of the armed forces 'helicopters," says Damberg to the TT.

Tuesday night was a first test of this. Including an extensive fire around the Hästveda in Hässleholm municipality. There were a total of five helicopters in – one from the armed Forces, and four via the MSB.

" It took a little time to get the helicopters but I suspect that brandsäsongen arrived a little early, even for authorities. But the idea is good and I think it's going to be great, " says Johan Wendt, the internal command of the emergency services in Kristianstad, sweden.

on Monday, set the MSB several helicopters on standby in the south of Sweden, Gothenburg and Växjö. They could be in the air within 90 minutes.

Several helicopters fighting grass and forest fires

Residents were evacuated: ”Got worse and worse during the day.”

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