Within the scope of the forest mobilization initiated by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, 50 more fire extinguishing tankers are being purchased to ensure rapid response to fires. President Tunç Soyer said that the first response in forest fires is very important and said, "The recent fires have shown how correct this project is." The Metropolitan Municipality had distributed 60 firefighting tankers to forest villages in April.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues to purchase fire extinguishing tankers within the scope of the forest mobilization started. Metropolitan, which distributed 3 fire hose and trailer type water tankers with a capacity of 60 tons of water to forest villages in April, also started the procurement process for 50 tankers and five fire extinguishing sets containing water boilers, pumps and hoses. Residents of forest villages far from the city center will now be able to respond more effectively to fires. Thus, the growth of the fire will be prevented until the fire crews arrive. For the use of tankers, fire training will also be given to the villagers, as before.
There is a lot of demand
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that the first response is very important in forest fires and said, “The last fires have already shown how correct this project is. We distributed 60 tankers to our forest villages far from the center. In some places, the fires were put out before they got bigger by these tankers and the villagers we trained in their use. Now we're going to distribute 50 more. There is a lot of demand, we are trying to meet this demand," he said.
Branch office established
The Forest Villages and Rural Area Fires Branch Directorate, which was established under the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Fire Brigade Department for the first time in Turkey, will plan the distribution, maintenance and repair of fire extinguishing tankers and the training to be given to the people of the region. Since firefighting services in forests require a separate expertise, the Branch Directorate, which focuses on forest villages and rural areas at risk of fire, will also have a special fire department specialized in extinguishing forest fires.
The fire, which broke out in the Birgi District of Urla on August 3, was extinguished in a short time with the intervention of the people of the region, thanks to the fire extinguishing tanker distributed by the Metropolitan Municipality.