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SFOR helps to fight a fire

By Cpl. Nicolas Marut
First published in
SFOR Informer #90, June 21, 2000

Mostar - Firemen from the Mostar-Ortijes base airport, in MND Southwest, intervened June 15 to fight a fire in an aluminium fittings and doorfactory, in a Mostar suburb. The fire had started in brushwoods around the factory and threatened to reach the warehouses, in which were stocked goods worth 9 million DM, as well as dwellings in the vicinity

After a call from the factory owner, the MND headquarters approved airport firemen to intervene and to give a hand to their local colleagues. Three VMAS -72trucks, with a 6400 litres of water capacity, shuttled back and forth all afternoon to fight the flames. The French firemen commanded by WO2.

Charley Gorely organised a vehicle rotation so as not to leave the airport without protection. In the end, a total of 19,000 litres of water were used by the SFOR firemen to stop the fire. The operation ended shortly before 21:00 hours.

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