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The firefighting helicopter is already in Madeira. The device arrived yesterday morning aboard the ship “Berta”.

The initial helicopter to the forest fires is already in Madeira, but will only be under the jurisdiction of the Regional Civil Protection Service as of Friday, confirmed today the president of that body, Jose Dias.

“It is being assembled and will come into service from June 15 until October 15 as it is contractualised,” he said.

The Madeira Regional Government Council approved the Operational Plan to Combat Forest Fires (POCIF) for 2018, which for the first time has an initial attack helicopter.