Mexico sends a second group of forest firefighters to support Canada


101 combatants and technical fire specialists traveled from Mexico to the province of British Columbia, Canada, as part of the binational collaboration that takes place within the Forest Working Group of the Mexico-Canada Alliance.

The Government of Mexico, through the National Forestry Commission (Conafor), sent a second contingent of 101 combatants to contribute with the mitigation and extinction tasks of the more than 300 active forest fires that affect the province. of British Columbia in Canada.

Cooperation on the Mexican side is managed jointly between Conafor, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and the SRE, with the Canadian Center for Forest Fire Interagency (CIFFC).

It should be noted that this is the fourth time this exchange mechanism has been activated between the two countries, and the second this year.

Decision made to conduct mass evacuations: British Columbia Minister of Security

It is the second contingent of fighters sent in the year, for a total of 202, in solidarity with the Canadian people. Photography: Ministry of Foreign Relations

The Minister of Security for the province of British Columbia, Mike Farnworth, has declared the situation in this province critical. The decision has been made to carry out mass evacuations and provide emergency accommodation for evacuees and put other nearby populations at risk on alert.

Following the attentive request for help from the Canadian government, Mexico sent the first contingent of 101 combatants on July 17 to the province of Ontario, which was received by a delegation led by the Mexican ambassador to Canada, Juan José Gómez. Camacho, and the Consul General in Toronto, Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo.

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The second Mexican contingent arrived on July 24 at Vancouver’s Abbotsford International Airport, where it was received by a delegation led by the Consul General of Mexico in Vancouver, Berenice Díaz Ceballos.

As part of this bilateral cooperation project, the Government of Canada confirmed the availability to inoculate members of the Mexican contingent against Covid-19 upon arrival.


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