Extinguishing works continue for the simultaneous fires that started in many cities of Turkey. Apart from the firefighting inventory of the municipalities, vehicles such as sprinklers, helicopters and planes within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry intervene in fires. However, the scarcity of vehicles in the ministry compared to the number and size of the fires and the leasing of planes from Russia created a serious debate.
Feeling the effects of climate change seriously, Turkey is trying to cope with simultaneous fires, the cause of which is unknown for now. Especially in Antalya Manavgat, Kütahya, Mersin, Kocaeli mobilization continues for the increasing number of fires in many cities.
Local firefighters in the inventory of municipalities and the vehicles under their control serve to respond to fires. In addition, the inventory of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry fire fighting vehicles and vehicles rented from neighboring countries and private companies can take part.
What vehicles were used to respond to 41 fires in 13 provinces in 2 days?
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli shared with the public that 41 fires broke out across Turkey and 31 of them were brought under control in his press statement on July 29 at noon. Minister Pakdemirli gather in the works 2 UAVs, 3 planes, 38 helicopters, 1 unmanned helicopter from the air; By land with 680 waterers and 4000 firefighters has been interfered with had stated.
2 of these planes Beriev 200 type aircraft leased from Russia. In other words, only one aircraft from THK’s fleet participated in the fires of 28-29 July 2021. The total number of planes and helicopters may increase by leasing from neighboring countries if the fires cannot be prevented.
There is no up-to-date report about Turkey’s fire fleet in the ministry or other official sources:
The fires in different regions of Turkey in August 2019 aroused curiosity about the situation of the fire fleet in Turkey. However, there was no clear information or inventory reports on the subject on the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at that time and afterwards. In the period of 28-29 July 2021 fires, we could not reach this information. Therefore, the clearest answer to the question is In the research published in 2019 by Truth Share is located.
According to the research, there are a total of 31 vehicles in the aerial firefighting fleet of the Turkish Aeronautical Association. 9 of them are planes, but only 5 of them were allowed to fly in the fires in 2019. Minister Pakdemirli, on the other hand, in the fires in 2021, 2 of which were rented from Russia. A total of 3 aircraft served had expressed.
Starting from here While forest fires increased, the number of aircraft in the aerial fire extinguishing inventory decreased. can be said. Due to the question marks in the public, we can expect the ministry to make a statement and enlighten the issue after the fire is under control.