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The Environmental Portfolio, through its Secretary for Environmental Oversight and Control, Sergio Federovski, has signed a Letter of Intent with representatives of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) in Ottawa, Canada, to acquire three aerial means to fight wildfires in Argentina. The Argentine Environmental Portfolio aims to proceed with the purchase and advance payment – before the end of the year – for the helicopters to be delivered from July 2024.

Federovissky, who heads the trade mission, stated that the signing of the agreement and letter of intent with the Canadian CCC “means a historic event” for the National Fire Management Service, and in this sense explained that “thanks to the independent funding of the organization, following the contribution made by the National Congress through the rate of insurance policies, it is possible Programming a series of investments like this, which includes the purchase of three helicopters of the latest generation, with ventral tanks for firefighting in Argentina, this indicates the success of the cooperation between Argentina and Canada.

Fedorovsky believed, highlighting the “general policy” implemented by the Department of National Government and the Ministry of the Environment, which – in his words – “lays the foundations for continuity in fighting fires in the summer of 2023-2024”. It should be noted that cooperation with Canada began at the end of 2022, with the Chinook charter, provided by the leading Canadian company in air combat by Coulson Aviation, which operated in Patagonia and the Delta between January and April of this year with great success making it possible to avoid catastrophic fires. in both regions.

The Minister also specified that this new agreement will allow the purchase of clothing, hydration backpacks, and other types of resources that will strengthen the SNMF.

The two parties entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2022, related to the purchase of air and land firefighting assets, equipment and services from Canada based on agreements between governments to support urgent projects within the National Fire Management Fund program.

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