2007-08-10 Stephen Castle
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Could a European fire brigade boost Brussels' image?

Red deer walk through charred trees on Mount Parnitha north of Athens on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007Raging forest fires are increasingly becoming a feature of the European summer and sparking debate in Brussels over whether Europe needs a common fire fighting service. Given that the water bombers or so-called Canadair planes cost more than 19 million Euros each - many argue that such expensive assets should be shared. Better still, they could be painted blue and gold so that EU citizens immediately see where their money goes.

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