Istrian Firefighters Giving Tourists Info About Fires at Border Crossing

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, Istrian firefighters, more specifically members of the Umag public fire department, where busy handing out educational leaflets warning tourists entering the Republic of Croatia about the dangers of fires on Saturday morning at the Plovanija border crossing with neighbouring Slovenia.

”Over the last few days, we have unfortunately witnessed large fires in the wider Istria County area, which, thanks to the quick reaction of Istrian firefighters, were extinguished in time without human casualties or any major material damage. Since the tourist season is now in full swing, and a large number of tourists are coming to Croatia every single week, it’s important to send out the message about responsible behaviour to as many people as possible and as such hopefully reduce the number of fires and other accidents,” said county fire chief Dino Kozlevac.

That’s why the Istrian firefighters of the Fire Association of Istria County, led by Dino Kozlevac and Umag fire chief Bojan Stokovac, have been busying themselves handing out leaflets at the border crossing with Slovenia at Plovanija, which contain all kinds of advice on the proper, conscientious behaviour and numbers of emergency services to call in the event of a fire in eight languages.

”The very high fire hazard index is a consequence of the lack of rainfall and very high temperatures, so, in the first half of this year, there has been an increased number of wildfires breaking out in open spaces and an increase in the size of the total burned area recorded throughout Croatia,” Kozlevac emphasised for N1.

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