British firefighter Neil Fairhall (left) in a boat with firefighters on the Amazon
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How do Brazilian firefighters tackle blazes in the vastness of the Amazon rain forest?

British firefighter Neil Fairhall travels to Brazil's Mato Grosso state to find out how the local fire brigade deals with blazes in an area of rain forest the size of England.

Neil joins Edimar Dos Santos Abreu, the fire chief of Alianca da Terra fire brigade, as they zoom down the Amazon on a speedboat to reach a fire in a remote stretch of jungle.

Eventually, guided by a pilot in a spotter plane, they find the fire and tackle it with some fairly basic kit.

Watch Toughest Place to be a Firefighter on Sunday, 24 March, 21:00 GMT, BBC Two and for seven days afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 23 Mar 2013
  • From the section World
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