FIRE

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NEWS

A fire protection program budgeted at 1.76 billion euros will replace old water-dropping airplanes and allow the hire of of 3,000 permanent firefighters, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Tuesday.


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NEWS

The repeated requests for the charges faced by fire brigade and civil protection officials over their management of the deadly fire in Mati in 2018 to be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies have received a fresh boost with an Athens prosecutor’s call for audio recordings including threats by ex-fire chief Vassilis Mattheopoulos against investigator Dimitris Liotsios to be introduced in the court case.

Burnt trees are seen after a massive wildfire in the Geraneia Mountains, near Loutraki in the northern Peloponnese, on May 21. It is an imperative that the penal code for forest fires be reviewed, the authors say. [EPA]
OPINION

As we have all ascertained, climate destabilization has led to an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions worldwide.


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NEWS

German nongovernmental organization Safers (Support Association for Fire and Rescue Services) has donated three fire engines to volunteer firefighters on the Greek islands of Kefalonia, Samos and Evia, all of which suffered from devastating fires in recent years.

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NEWS

A fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the island of Aegina, near Athens. According to information shared by the Fire Department, the fire broke out in a wooded area on the western side of the island.

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NEWS

Two separate wildfires were raging in the regions of Fthiotida, central Greece, and Corinthia, in the Peloponnese, on Friday afternoon, the fire department said.


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NEWS

With summer fast approaching, civil protection authorities have drafted an emergency plan for 18 parts of Attica as well as 13 area in the wider region that are deemed high risk for fires and have inadequate escape routes.



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NEWS

A wildfire broke out in a grassy area on the western coast of the Cycladic island of Kea on Monday.  There were currently three firefighters in the area of Vroskopos with a water-carrying vehicle and two aircraft, assisted by volunteers. At the same time, 17 firefighters were mobilized and will go by boat from Lavrio […]


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NEWS

Satellite imagery from the Athens Oservatory shows that the big fire which broke out Wednesday night, west of Athens, had burned more than 7,000 hectares by Saturday.