GNR GIPs

Pilot who left GNR GIPs to burn handed suspended sentence

A pilot who dropped a group of five GNR GIPS (emergency unit of special protection) in a wildfire to burn has finally been sentenced to three years in jail, suspended. This was a story that never really made the headlines, but was shocking in the extreme. It dates back to 2018. Three of the men suffered the most terrible injuries, requiring weeks and months in hospital and repeated surgeries. The worst injured, João Carraça, has been left with 77% incapacity, and is “seriously and permanently disfigured”; colleague Carlos Fernandes has been left unable to perform simple everyday tasks.