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TEMPLAR CORPS INTERNATIONAL – PORTUGAL
FOREST FIRE FIGHTING – SUPPORT OPERATIONS 2021

DATE:  August 17

SUPPORT DOCUMENT: [PORTUGUÊS]; [ENGLISH]

OUTPOSTS: ARRAIOLOS / LAGOS | PORTUGAL

OPERATION: Logistic Support to Local Civil Security and Fireman

LEADERSHIP INVOLVED:

General Coordination:
F+ Miguel da Fabiana, KGOTJ; Hospitaler, GP Portugal OSMTHU

Logistic Coordination:
F+ Rui Herdadinha, KCTJ Commander of Arraiolos, GP Portugal OSMTHU

Logistics in the Algarve:
F+ Victor Varela Martins, KCTJ Commander of Lagos, GP Portugal OSMTHU      F+ Jorge Amador, KTJ, National Vice-Commander Relief/Humanitarian Efforts of the Templar Corps

DESCRIPTION

The summer of 2021 has been characterized by violent forest fires in several regions around the Mediterranean, including parts of Turkey, Italy, Spain and Greece. Large areas of forest were devastated, houses, agricultural and industrial buildings were destroyed by fire, and multiple casualties were recorded.

In Portugal the fire season is usually severe. In response to the needs of the Fire and Civil Protection forces, the Templars of the Algarve gathered around them the efforts of many brothers and sisters from across the country in an operation carried out during the Monchique fires of 2018 that resulted in the creation of a permanent Logistics Center for activation in new identical situations [See Templar Globe Article].

A large-scale forest fire has raged in the councils of Castro Marim, Vila Real de Santo António and Tavira in the last 48 hours, ravaged by strong winds and threatening homes and populations in various locations.

At the last count, more than 600 firefighters, many dozens of vehicles and 5 airplanes were involved in fighting the various fronts of the fire. The burned area already exceeded 9,000 hectares at an expansion rate of 650 hectares per hour.

Over the past few hours, several official appeals have been launched for the provision of perishable goods to support field workers. Despite the prompt response from the various Local Authorities and Associations, the situation has worsened. Fora« that reason the Templar Corps considers it important to activate its Logistics Center and place itself at the service of local populations and Civil Protection forces.

APPEAL

We call on all our members, friends, supporters and all those concerned about the forest fire situation to contribute goods of the following content:

– Water bottles
– Milk
– Canned food
– Energy bars
– Wet wipes
– Saline solution
– Socks
– Work gloves
– Non-prescription drugs

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

PLEASE NOTE: Cash contributions are not accepted from Portuguese sources. If you are in Portugal, please help by offering any of the goods listed above. If you are not in Portugal and wish to help, please DONATE HERE under Operational Center for Disaster Relief.

Contributions in kind can be delivered at the following locations:

ARRAIOLOS
Contact: Rui Herdadinha, tel +351 93.590.05.00

LAGOA
Headquarters of the Templar Service Corps – Algarve
Rua dos Serralheiros, Lot 3, Sitio do Pateiro Industrial Zone, 8400-651 Parchal
Contact: Jorge Amador, tel: +351 96.701.78.36
Facebook: facebook.com/TemplarCorpsAlgarve/

LISBON
Pick up to be done on Thursday, at 6pm at Gare do Oriente park
Contact: Miguel da Fabiana, tel: +351 91.750.04.02

TCI CONTACT
secretary@templarcorps.org


August 19, 2021

F+ Jorge Amador, KTJ, National Vice-Commander Relief/Humanitarian Efforts of the Templar Corps with his team deliver basic goods to the firefighters in Odemira, Portugal. Forest fires have been raging in the vicinity of the Algarve Outpost since last weekend, with a record breaking burned area for the region.

August 20, 2021

The fire in Estói, Algarve, Portugal, menacing homes, animals and farmers.

August 21, 2021

National map for Forest Fire Risk for Portugal for this weekend. The area of support by the Templar Corps outpost of the Algarve is the red and dark red municipalities in the south (bottom of the map).

[PORTUGUESE]
Área ardida mais que duplicou em duas semanas

News Title Translation: Burnt area more than doubled in two weeks (31/08/2021)