Polish firefighters transport humanitarian aid to Albania

Albania was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on 26 November 2019, the strongest recorded in decades, leaving at least 51 people dead and over 250 buildings damaged. Malton Dibra/PAP/EPA

Firefighters from Poland's State Fire Service have travelled to Albania to give humanitarian aid to victims of an earthquake that rocked the country at the end of November, the Ministry of Interior has informed PAP in a press release.

The firefighters set off for Albania on Wednesday carrying 500 field beds for those in need. "In line with a decision by Jacek Sasin, deputy prime minister and minister for state assets, the goods are coming from the Material Reserves Agency and are compatible with the needs declared by Albania," the 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.

"During the transport, the Polish group will travel via the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro," the release stated. The firefighters are scheduled to return to Poland on December 22.

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

The aid is being 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.