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MSB sends assistance to fire-ravaged Bolivia

In light of the raging wildfires in the Amazon, the MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, has received a request for assistance from Bolivia, in the form of temporary housing and personnel. The request was sent via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the MSB is hoping to be able to send materials and personnel during the course of this week.

– What Bolivia has requested, and what Sweden will provide assistance with, is temporary housing for emergency and rescue personnel, as well as control centres to support operations, according to Per Velandia, MSB Operations Section.

The base camps that the MSB will send can house upwards of 200 personnel and will be placed near the seat of the fires in order to give the firefighters somewhere to rest.

– We are also planning to send some protective equipment that has been requested, such as SBCAs. We will be helping those who help, says Per Velandia.

The MSB has many years of experience working with and providing support to other organisations in disaster and conflict situations. The MSB has previously sent out various types of base camps, primarily to support UN operations, for instance after the earthquakes in Haiti 2010 and Nepal 2015, in the conflict area in northern Nigeria, etc.

The MSB plans, transports, sets up and organises the camps – they raise tents and create spaces for sleeping, working, meeting etc. When the camps are set up, operations will be handed over to the local authorities and their personnel. The MSB's operational personnel will be setting up the base camps. The camps are primarily intended to be used during the most intense first three months, but can be used for longer periods of time if necessary.

This operation is carried out by the the MSB in cooperation with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and funded by the MSB's emergency response fund for international operations via the Swedish Government Offices, and the EU Disaster Relief Fund.

MSB's international operations

Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)

Latest reviewed: 11 September 2019

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