The consistently high temperatures and strong winds this summer have raised the risk of forest fires in Greece, which are a common phenomenon in many parts of the country during the hot season.
Despite the myriad challenges, however, the response so far this year by the fire department has been both swift and professional.
The country’s firefighters have managed to maintain their high professional standards despite the fact that their salaries have been slashed several times and the equipment that they use for fighting blazes is old and in some cases needs replacing.
Of course, part of their success is also a result of the careful and organized planning of the public order minister and the swift mobilization of all agencies involved in the task of protecting the country from devastating forest fires, which, as we all know, have had terrible consequences in the past.
Congratulations are more than in order.