Marcelo highlights prestige and selflessness of Portuguese firefighters

Marcelo highlights prestige and selflessness of Portuguese firefighters

The President of the Republic this Sunday awarded the Portuguese Firefighters League with the badge of the Order of Infante D. Henrique for the “prestige” and “abnegation” of Portuguese firefighters, known and respected abroad, he stressed at a ceremony in Porto.

“Today, because I know the prestige you have abroad. Your selflessness is known and respected. I have seen her praised by heads of state and heads of government of the most diverse countries and especially in recent years, because of the fires that have tormented us and the ability to support the fight against the pandemic. Today I will deliver, impose, the banner of the Portuguese Firefighters League, the Order of Infante Dom Henrique”, announced Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, during the Fireman’s Day commemorative ceremony. The award means that the President of the Portuguese Republic “does not forget that he has been the leader of a humanitarian association of firefighters for decades, who does not forget that as a mayor he witnessed the courage of firefighters in an urban metropolis as well as in a small and poor rural municipality”, continued the President. During the ceremony, the Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro, reiterated that the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) provides for a sum of 20 million euros for the purchase of 81 forest vehicles, personal protective equipment and training of 3,300 security agents. civil protection until 2023.

The President of the Republic also praised the work of firefighters in responding to the pandemic and recalled the tragic fires of recent years.

International Firefighters Day is celebrated on May 4th. This year the date was celebrated in Porto, with a parade of more than a thousand operatives this Sunday at Avenida 25 de Abril.

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