14/05/2019 03/06/2019

Mission Sweden – In Line of Fire exhibition opens at Swedish Embassy

The exhibition "Mission Sweden – In the Line of Fire" has opened at the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw as part of the celebrations of the centenary of Swedish-Polish diplomatic relations, the embassy wrote in a press release sent to PAP.

The exhibition, presented at the outdoor gallery near the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw, Bagatela Street, will be on view through June 3.

In the summer of 2018, Sweden suffered the biggest fires in the modern history of the country. They were successfully reduced and extinguished also thanks to the support of emergency services from other countries, the embassy reported.

The photographs by Piotr Zwarycz, a photographer and fireman, serve as documentation of the actions undertaken by Polish fire fighters in Sweden from 21 July to 6 August 2018. They show the construction of the line of defence against the advancing fire front, the direct fire extinguishing activities in the forests of the Karbole area, as well as the camp in Sveg where the Poles were stationed.

Two of the six GFFFV (Ground Forest Fire Fighting using Vehicles) in operation in Poland were sent to Sweden. The teams were mainly made up of rescue specialists from the provinces of Western Pomerania and Wielkopolska. Together with support from the Headquarters of the State Fire Fighter Service, the total number of the Polish presence in Sweden was 139 firefighters and 44 vehicles, the embassy added.

This was yet another such extensive operation by Polish firefighters abroad in connection with forest fires. It was also another great example of a successful cooperation as part of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, as well as a gesture of solidarity in Europe, the embassy wrote.