Scouts of Montenegro Engaged in Fighting Forest Fires
More and more devastating forest fires mark the summer period in southern parts of Europe. More often than not Scouts are engaged in their local communities to support the firefighters. Here is a story from Montenegro.
Over the past days nembers of the Savez Izviđača Crne Gore (the Association of Scouts of Montenegro) were actively supporting the firefighters engaged in battling large forest fires central and southern regions of Montenegro.
“In the regions of Kotor, Tivat, Budva and Herceg Novi the forest fires have spread with high intensity on inaccessible terrain,” comments Peko Vukadinović, Chief Commissioner of the National Scout Organisation, “The most affected area were around Luštica, where all available fire services were engaged.”
The Lovćen National Park also suffered a lot and devastating fires threatened the local population and their homes, as well as the cultural heritage of that place.
“Responding to an open call launched by the Agency for National Civil Protection and Security, our Scouts have organised themselves to support the firefighters,” explains Peko Vukadinović, “including in very inaccessible terrain.”
The efforts to extinguish the forest fires lasted for three days and nights, with the situation during the nights particularly risky because of strong winds. Working in shifts, Scouts were in attendance throughout the period.
“After three long days of firefighting, great help came in form of rain,“ concludes Peko Vukadinović, “We are grateful to the many Scouts who volunteered to support the firefighters, in particular members of the “Gojko Kruška” Scout Group from Cetinje, led by Milorad Ćetković, who have done an excellent job and live to our motto Be prepared!”.
Text and images received from Savez Izviđača Crne Gore