The group consisted of a 30-member contingent from the National Commission against forest fires and 127 from the Mexican Army and Air Force.
The Secretariats of National Defense and Foreign Affairs organized the aid mission in record time so that experienced personnel in those tasks could support the works to fight the severe forest fires hitting Chile’s central-southern regions of Bio Bío, La Araucanía, and Ñuble.
In a joint statement, both Secretariats explained that they immediately coordinated the transfer of the 157 brigade members, being the highest international team of people mobilized to Chile to collaborate in the fight of this contingency.
The note states that an aircraft with the first Mexican team,of which seven elements are FAM crew, left the Santa Lucia military air base on Sunday at 18:00 hours, local time, for the Carriel Sur airport in Concepción city, from where they were deployed to the affected areas.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador conveyed to his Chilean counterpart Gabriel Boric the solidarity of the Mexican people and Government to the Chilean people in this unfortunate situation and assured Mexico´s firm support, and if required, the dispatch of additional firefighting experts.