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Bombeiros support

Alcoutim Câmara will be issuing the local Bombeiros with a grant for €17,460, which will be used to ensure the functioning of the emergency special forest fire fighting service (DECIF) for 2011.

There are seven volunteer firefighters working as part of the DECIF, which functions between May 15 and October 15.

A spokesman for Alcoutim Câmara said: “The area of Alcoutim has an extensive landscape of forests and the high temperatures of the summer, combined with the steep and difficult to access terrain, make this a particularly hard area to protect from fire.”