Pendeli mayor says emergency response to fire was ‘exemplary’

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The mayor of the Municipality of Pendeli, where Monday’s deadly wildfires started before spreading to the coast of eastern Attica, dismissed accusations of a delayed response from firefighters.

“The reaction of the state machine within the first few minutes was exemplary,” Mayor Dimitris Stergiou Kapsalis told state broadcaster ERT. “Within 15 minutes [of the alert], we had three water-dumping air craft.

“Even with my experience, I was surprised by the reaction of the volunteers and firefighters, and in their turn of the airborne forces,” Stergiou, whose municipality often suffers from wildfires of smaller magnitude, added.