16 Jan 2008

PR# 2008-027

ISAF provides assistance
during Mazar-e Sharif fire

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF’s Regional Command North assisted local firefighters to stop a blaze in the capital of Balkh Province Jan. 15.

The Mazar-e Sharif Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) dispatched an emergency response force to the scene when they received a request for assistance from the governor’s office. The team consisted of three fire trucks, one 8,000-liter and two 3,5000-liter trucks, together with force protection, a mobile medical support team of the German Medical Center, an explosive ordinance disposal team and military police.

PRT firefighters arrived at a fully-developed fire in a local market 150 meters north of the Blue Mosque.

With the help of the three additional airfield fire trucks and a constant shuttle of water to the scene, the blaze was finally contained and cooled down. The local fire brigade was later able to keep the fire under control with their assets.

Together, the firefighters used around 70,000 to 80,000 liters of water to put out the fire. Around 55,000 liters was provided by ISAF troops.

The fire destroyed two buildings and damaged seven. There were no casualties among the citizens of Mazar-e Sharif.

Due to the combined efforts of the local firefighting force and ISAF firefighters, the fire was safely extinguished.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/