Army Choppers Taking Role in Operation to Put Out Wildfire in Southwest Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Army Ground Force Airborne Division has performed at least 26 sorties to help extinguish a wildfire in the country’s southwestern woodlands, its commander said.
General Yousef Qorbani said on Tuesday that the military helicopters have performed 26 sorties to assist in the operation to control the raging fire in the country’s southwestern provinces of Khuzestan and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad.
He said two choppers have been flying over Gachsaran forests and another aircraft has been dispatched to Masjed Soleyman in Khuzestan Province.
The commander said the military helicopters have been employed to carry the rescue forces and firemen.
The copters at the Army Ground Force Airborne Division’s disposal are capable of extinguishing fire, but the country’s crisis management officials should make arrangements to use such capacity, he said.
Iranian military forces play a leading role in the rescue and relief efforts during natural disasters in the country. The Army and the IRGC units have saved the lives of civilians in many incidents, such as floods and earthquakes.