"the Authority for civil contingencies agency (MSB) has agreed to get access to the 31 helicopters in the skogsbrandssäsongen."
"Hopefully we will not end up in the situations we had in the summer or in the county of Västmanland 2014 again," says Björn Johansson, responsible for the procurement of the MSB."
"During the summer, severe forest fires went the emergency services on the knees and several EU-countries assisted with vattenbombning when the domestic resources are not enough – which led to very harsh and widespread criticism. With this newly signed agreement between the MSB and the three helicopter is going to change."
"The 31 helicopters will be in store between 1 may and 15 september."
"– this is a good support for the Swedish rescue services. Fires can be fought with ground troops. However, with airborne support, which dampens the flames you have much greater chance to extinguish the fire from the ground, " says Björn Johansson."
"Bases around the country."
"the Helicopters are stationed at a number of bases around the country and can in this way cover the whole of Sweden's surface in a short time. During the skogsbrandssäsongen can the helicopters be placed at the places where the fire risk is high."
"– We will analyze the brandriskprognoserna opening during the summer, and on that basis, we will adapt the readiness to the right level and the right region of the country, " says Björn Johansson."
"the Agreement with helikopterföretagen runs for one year with the option of a further year, according to Björn Johansson."
"– the Reason we did not chose a longer term is that it is the first time we do this and we have had only a short time for us to get to this resource. We run a year and then we evaluate. The next period is likely to be longer than a year."
"the MSB has a written agreement with a helikopterentreprenör which, in turn, has agreements with two other companies. The agreement means that the authority can get access to up to 31 helicopters during the skogsbrandssäsongen, between 1 may and 15 september, as a complement to existing resources."
"the Helicopters can be offered, for example, to regions and municipal emergency services when local resources are not enough or is exhausted."
"26 of the helicopters can be used for extinguishing and five for the co-ordination. Three of the helicopters can be made available to the EU civil protection mechanism."
"The three contractors have bases from north to south: Abisko, Nikkaluokta, Kiruna, Piteå, Östersund, Karlstad, Västerås, Stockholm, sweden, Lysekil, Gothenburg, sweden, Eslöv and Sjöbo."