REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais delivered a vehicle to Associação Humanitária de Bombeiros Voluntários de Rio Maior (the Rio Maior Voluntary Fire Brigade Humanitarian Association), as part of its policy of supporting local communities, reinforcing the company's commitment to preventing and fighting wildfires. In the year in which the institution celebrates its 130th anniversary, REN's donation of the vehicle will allow for logistical support in rescue operations, as well as reinforce the corporation's multipurpose fleet.
Since 2009, REN has donated 89 vehicles to multiple institutions, including fire brigades and municipal fire prevention teams, in close partnership with Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (the Portuguese National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority), with Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (the Portuguese Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation), and with the municipalities, in the defence of forests against wildfires.
According to João Gaspar, head for Sustainable Networks and Easements, 'the donation of vehicles to the fire brigades and to the civil protection teams of the municipalities has been a way to support these agents who, in a resilient way, have been in the front line of protecting the Portuguese forests. However, REN's engagement in the prevention of wildfires goes far beyond these donations. Throughout the year, the company is involved in a number of initiatives, which include, for example, the cleaning and reforestation of the energy transmission corridors.'
For António Quevedo, Chairman of the Board of Associação Humanitária de Bombeiros Voluntários de Rio Maior, 'this vehicle will allow us to meet the institution's needs as regards field activities, with emphasis on logistical support for rescue operations. With this donation, a gap in our vehicle fleet will be filled, and it will be very useful as an excellent multipurpose vehicle. This is, without doubt, an amazing birthday present for Associação Humanitária de Bombeiros Voluntários de Rio Maior, which this year celebrates its 130th anniversary.'
REN in defence of the forest: