In the area of Portugal north of Lisbon, there have been vast numbers of forest fires in the months gone by. It has been the worst year for these fires in the last 15 years. 2017 saw the fire around Pedrógão Grande, in which 64 people died. The firefighters came under political pressure as to whether that conflagration was handled correctly.
Units of the army had been drafted in. Assistance was sought from, and given by, Spain. One pilot lost his life when his helicopter hit high-voltage power lines, causing the aircraft to hit the ground.
Bear in mind that while there are professional firefighters in Portugal, the numbers of these are small. The majority of bombeiros are volunteers. So what do bombeiros eat? I know from one MasterChef episode that tarmy personnel require 3,000 calories per day. I presume the bombeiros requirement is similar.
I read an article a few days back about the amount they are permitted for food and drink per day. From memory, the amount for lunch was 7€. That would be enough to cover a menu do dia, but it doesn’t seem to work like that. Instead, local câmaras etc. are responsible for meal provision, and they seem to put it out as a contract to tender.
And that means meal delivery looks like this.
Please look away now if you are squeamish.
I have called this photo ‘Rice but with what?
Notice the container is metallic, so the meal was probably on the cold side.
The next one is rice, beans and sweetcorn. In nutrition terms, this is actually quite balanced. But is it really enough to power a firefighter?
The last one I will say nothing about, other than it is allegedly spaghetti and sausage.
The eastern half of the Algarve is now on high alert for fires, following an extremely dry August. There is no alert in my part, here in the western half of the Algarve.
It has been raining in Lisbon sufficient to cause flooding. Presumably that will help with the forest fires up north. On the Algarve, we have had nothing, not a drop. My problem is watering our orange and lemon trees here in sunny Portelas.