Presidência do Conselho de Ministros (Presidency of the Council of Ministers)
Decree-Law no. 144/97 of June 7, acknowledging the obvious relevance of civil defence activities in the domain of fire prevention, detection, surveillance and fighting operations, reduced the charges for the use of the radio spectrum for the National Civil Defence Service, Regional Civil Defence Services of the Islands of the Azores and Madeira, the National Fire Fighting Service, the National Medical Emergency Institute and the Portuguese Red Cross.
In light, however, of the diversity of other entities which participate in the domain of fire prevention and fighting operations, and/or the provision of pre-hospital emergency aid in the Autonomous Regions, the said Decree Law referred the identification thereof to a Council of Ministers' Resolution.
This identification process is now being realised, without prejudice to being updated whenever considered necessary.
Accordingly, pursuant to the terms of sub paragraph g) of article 199 of the Constitution and no. 2 of article 1 of Decree-Law no. 144/97 of 7th June, the Council of Ministers has resolved that:
The following entities should be considered to be entities participating directly in fire prevention, detection, surveillance and fighting operations, as well as the provision of pre-hospital emergency aid in the Autonomous Regions, for the purposes of the conditions of Decree-Law no. 144/97 of June 7:
a. The Directorate General of Forestry;
b. The Regional Directorates of Forestry of the Azores and Madeira;
c. The Nature Conservation Institute;
d. The Regional Directorates of Agriculture of Entre Douro e Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Beira Interior, Beira Litoral, Ribatejo e Oeste, Alentejo and Algarve.
e. Municipal Fire Brigades;
f. Lisbon Fire Brigade;
g. Voluntary Fire Brigades;
h. Association of Beneficiaries of Voluntary Fire Brigades;
i. Voluntary Fire Fighting Service Charitable Association;
j. Fire Brigade Humanitarian Associations;
k. Voluntary "public salvation" brigades;
l. Fire Brigades of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and Madeira;
m. Association of Maritime Life Saving Activity of Madeira.
Presidency of the Council of Ministers, January 30, 1998 - Prime Minister, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres.