Fire-fighting

When a fire is reported, the Centro Operativo Aereo Unificato (COAU) of the Civil Defence located all over the territory and region concerned uses aeroplanes and helicopters to try to ‘stem’ the fire. Any point of the country can be reached within 60/90 minutes from take-off. Fire prevention can be addressed and improved through the use of satellite detection systems, which sometimes have already been used. Such systems can monitor fires on wide regions at low costs, even in distant areas. Satellite detection may advantageously help to control fires: forecasting, detection, assessment of effects and drawing up of maps of burnt areas, riskiest areas, etc. Nevertheless, although it is an effective service, if the weather conditions are unfavourable or if there are too many fires which have not been promptly reported, men and means may not be enough. Only through the co-operation of every one can the damages of this frequent phenomenon be limited.

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