The Gdynia fire brigade had been attending a routine callout when events took a turn and they ended up saving the lives of the two moggies.
When fire crews arrived at the site in southeast Poland’s Podkarpackie region they found smoke billowing out of the tree named Wincenty, which has been a national monument since 1966.
Poland’s State Fire Service says it has a team of around 50 trained personnel, including 39 rescuers with four dogs and a chemical rescue module ready to leave immediately following appeals for help from the Lebanese.
Firefighters set off on Wednesday morning to Ukraine and Moldova carrying medical equipment from the Polish government worth PLN 3 million (EUR 674,000), with 12 lorries destined for Ukraine and four to Moldova, said Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński.
A massive fire that had been devastating Biebrza National Park since Sunday was largely contained as of Saturday afternoon and the army had built a temporary bridge to improve access to the park for firefighters.
Firefighters on Friday afternoon managed to contain a massive fire that had been devastating Biebrza National Park since Sunday, province fire brigade commander, Jarosław Wendt, has announced.
Military engineers will build a temporary bridge to improve access to Biebrza National Park where firefighters have been battling a massive fire that has razed some 6,000 hectares of Poland's biggest nature reserve.
Two Border Guard PZL-Kania helicopters and a PZL-104 Wilga plane have joined efforts to contain a massive fire that has raged in the north-eastern Polish Biebrza National Park since Sunday, the Polish Border Guard announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The thick, black clouds of smoke billowing over expanses of open peat bog the size of 2,000 football pitches in the Biebrza National Park have been described as ‘catastrophic’ for the local wildlife “dying in defence of their nests and young.”
Volunteer firefighters from southern Poland have collected money for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia. This was the "Think globally, act locally" principle in action, said President Andrzej Duda on Thursday.