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September 30, 2022

Defence Ministry: Colectiv fire injured to be flown to Netherlands, Belgium aboard two C-27J Spartan aircraft

Two C-27J Spartan military aircraft of the Romanian Air Force on Friday night will be flying to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium, carrying injured of Colectiv club fire of last Friday.

”Two C-27J Spartan aircraft of the Romanian Air Forces, configured for medical evacuation missions, will be carrying out two emergency humanitarian missions on Friday night to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands (about 03:30hrs, EET) and Brussels, in Belgium (about 05:00hrs, EET), to transfer injured survivors of the Colectiv club fire,” the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN) reported on Friday in a press statement to Agerpres.

Transferred to the Netherlands will be nine patients, six of whom are connected to ventilators, while flying to Belgium will be eight, three of whom are connected to ventilators.

Caring for the patients during flights will be medical teams coordinated by the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) and assisted by specialist doctors and medical staff of MApN.

The missions are carried out at the request of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Interior Ministry.

Burn victims to be treated in the Netherlands

Nine victims of the fire in club Colectiv will be treated in Dutch burn centres. After intense mediation by the Dutch Embassy in Bucharest with all institutions and authorities involved, all arrangements have been made in order to transfer them. The victims are expected to travel to the Netherlands on the shortest notice possible, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bucharest announced on Facebook.
Minister Koenders of the Ministry Foreign Affairs is proud that the Netherlands can be of help for the wounded from the fire in Bucharest nightclub. “I am honored that Dutch expertise can be deployed to the victims to give the best possible care,” he said. “I am proud to see that our diplomats and the medical staff have worked so hard to make this possible.”
The agreements were made between the burn centers and the Romanian authorities. According to Koenders, the organization of the arrival of the Romanian victims took precise coordination among all stakeholders. The victims will be transferred to the burn centers in Beverwijk, Rotterdam and Groningen. Family members will be taken care of by Romanian Embassy in the Netherlands.

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