Polish firefighters deliver 500 field beds to needy in Albania

The firefighters delivered 500 field beds for those in need in Albania. straz.gov.pl

A four-person team of Polish firefighters reached the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, where Albania had requested the Polish government to provide 500 field beds in disaster aid following an earthquake in November, the Interior Ministry has told PAP.

The firefighters set off for Albania on Wednesday carrying 500 field beds for those in need. "In line with a decision by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for State Assets Jacek Sasin, the goods are coming from the Material Reserves Agency and are compatible with the needs declared by Albania," an Interior Ministry communique stated.

The release added that Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński had decided to set up a special four-person firefighter group whose task was to transport the aid to Tirana.

The press release also pointed out that 50 people were killed in the earthquake that struck Albania on November 26, this year.

The aid was organised within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. "This is the same mechanism within whose framework Poland granted aid to Sweden in the summer of 2018, when the country was tackling huge forest fires," the communique stated.