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Damberg on the fires: We cannot afford this kind of carelessness

Interior minister Mikael Damberg (S) visited, the forest fire outside of skåne Hästveda on Thursday. In addition to direct thanks and encouragement to all those involved in fighting the fire, he came with a message.

can do much to quench the fires so help the not it if people constantly start new. All must pull together now. Do not light fires or barbecue when it is forbidden, not work with machines when it is this dry.

the minister of the Interior expressed concern that Sweden already as early as in april has been hit by massive fires and a clear link to climate change.

– With the new situation we face, we must develop our ability over time and teach us of the fires that now affects Sweden.

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Image 1 of 2 the Interior minister Mikael Damberg talking with the volunteers when he visits the emergency station at the Åbuamossen in Skåne. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slide 2 of 2 the Interior minister Mikael Damberg. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slideshow

Håkan Olofsson at Brandmännens Association states that the absence of 2,800 full - and part-time employees for emergency services to be able to keep fully staffed during the summer vacation period.

– Dalarna, Jämtland, sweden, where it has burned much of the weekend, which has one big problem to recruit. The problem is in the whole country, but perhaps especially in rural areas and around the bigger cities, he says to TT.

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the situation is tough and mean to you from the state, mainly contributing with training programs to get more people to be attracted to and stay in the profession.

Image 1 of 2 Volunteers, the home guard and the firefighters continued fighting the fire around the Åbuamossen in Skåne. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slide 2 of 2 Volunteers, the home guard and the firefighters continued fighting the fire around the Åbuamossen in Skåne. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slideshow

" We invest a lot in educating those who are in work within the emergency services and we will continue to do so. The efforts that both the regular and deltidsbrandmännen do is a hugely important resource for the rescue operations around the country, " he says.

Mikael Damberg hope that the efforts of the emergency services now makes, among other things, on the forest fires, to attract more to the profession.

– It is a very important profession, and if you do not want to work full-time, maybe you can think of to be deltidsbrandman.

Democrats argue that the overall need for greater preparedness to cope with fires, but highlights at the same time that additional resources were appointed after last summer's big fire in Västmanland, sweden.

conclusions after the big fire last year, then, we improved the MSB's resources with 65 million sek extra, it has been purchased equipment, communication systems have been reviewed, we have invested in more training for emergency personnel and come up with an agreement on the thirty helicopters to be able to be inserted with a 90-minute notice.

a Total of five of these helicopters have been deployed in fighting the fire at the Åbuamossen outside of Hästveda. The forest fire here is now in its third day, and on Thursday worked around 40 firefighters, 60 hemvärnssoldater, 15 tractors and a number of volunteers with the continued fighting the fire.

Image 1 of 2 Hemvärnssoldater help in the rescue effort around the Åbuamossen in Skåne. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slide 2 of 2 Hemvärnssoldater help in the rescue effort around the Åbuamossen in Skåne. Photo: Daniel Nilsson Slideshow

" When we first started working here, it felt hopeless, it was just smoke everywhere. Now the situation is completely different, there will be only positive news. But we are not in port yet. Now it starts to blow in, and then adds to the smoke in the intensity, " says Leif Hylander, emergency informationsbefäl.

It smokes profusely from a stubbupplag out on the bog. This is at the moment, the vast area's epicenter.

–in Addition to the material is incredibly energy-rich, it burns under the ground – and it will probably do for a long time. The who tread the wrong risk ending up in a meterdjupt glowing hole in the ground. But by putting in the sprinklers we do not need to expose firefighters to that risk, " he says.

Leif Hylander. Photo: Daniel Nilsson

in Total, it has burned 100 acres. The area shrinks gradually, during the Wednesday it was down to 25 and now speaks Leif Hylander on 5 outstanding acres.

– It is bad enough. But as the fire is dampened and the risk of proliferation decreases, we now see an opportunity for the evacuees to come home. It will likely happen later in the day, with a police escort. And many can probably count on having to redevelop their homes. It is the house which stood in the dense smoke in several days.

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