Norwegian fire fighters to Kabul

Norway wants to send Norwegian fire fighters to serve at Kabul’s international airport. A group of 10 to 20 fire fighters may be in place as early as this summer.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Justice and the Police, this is the first time Norway has been asked to participate with fire fighters in an international mission organized by NATO. Norwegian authorities’ plan to recruit persons from the local fire departments, and these people will be a part of Norway’s contribution to the NATO directed mission ISAF in Afghanistan.

Hans Kristian Madsen, manager at the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB), said to TV 2 Nettavisen that they have not yet reached a decision regarding how many people they are sending and when.

«We imagine that we are sending a group of 10 to 20 persons,» Madsen said. «However, it is too early to say. The point is that we are willing to provide personnel if there are people who volunteer.»

The Ministry of Justice and the Police informed that they in the end of January gave DSB the task of evaluating personnel who could participate in a fire and emergency team at the airport in Kabul in a period up to one year.

Personnel who volunteer will be a part of the military’s own uniformed troop, and they will be a part of a Nordic unit under the Icelandic command.

According to Madsen, the personnel can report to duty in May on the earliest, but he stressed that nothing has been decided regarding the departure as of yet.

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