In these tense days, Greece is undergoing an incredible test of the fire element. Large-scale fires spread across the country from one edge to the other. However, the Greeks came to the aid of foreign fire brigades: from Ukraine, Cyprus, France, Israel, Croatia, Sweden and other countries.
In particular, from Friday 6/08/21, the Greek fire forces were reinforced by foreign teams arriving by plane from neighboring countries: France, Ukraine, as well as from Cyprus (which responded first). The specialists came in response to the country’s request for assistance under the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
Who are these brave guys?
Arrival of French firefighters in Athens. Paris sent a brigade of 82 people.
Un grand merci 🙏 à la #France🇫🇷 pour l’envoi de 2 Canadairs + 83 sapeurs-sauveteurs de l ‘@ Uiisc7 suite à l’activation du Mécanisme de protection civile de l ‘#UE par la # Grèce🇬🇷 afin de lutter contre les # FeuxDeForêt – La # solidarité en action! #MPCU🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/x2YySE0p6J
– Civil Protection GR (@GSCP_GR) August 5, 2021
Romanian firefighters: “We will not leave Greece alone with the fire element! We are next to our Greek friends! ”Writes the embassy, which even posted a photo on the cover of its Facebook profile. This is the first operation to extinguish a fire carried out by Romanians on the territory of another state.
Firefighters from Cyprus
Cyprus sent 40 firefighters to fight the flames in Greece.
Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο Λάρνακας – Ετοιμασία για την αποστολή στην Ελλάδα. Τελευταίες οδηγίες από τον Αναπ. Διευθυντή Πυροσβεστικής Υπηρεσίας.
Firefighters from Israel
Israel sent a specialized team to Greece to help deal with the fire element.
ΠΡΕΣΒΕΙΑ ΙΣΡΑΗΛ, ΑΘΗΝΑ ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ 6.8.2021 Το Ισραήλ έστειλε στην Ελλάδα ομάδα για να βοηθήσει στην αντιμετώπιση των …
Firefighters from Ukraine
There are 120 firefighters from Ukraine in Greece. President of the country Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to send 100 firefighters to help fight forest fires in Greece. The government approved the corresponding decision at an extraordinary meeting. On Friday, August 6, the combined detachment of Ukrainian rescuers went to Greece.
In detail the foreign forces that will help in the fight against fires:
82 firefighters from France are working in Afidnes, as well as 2 Canard aircraft, which are already in operation today at Parnit, from Cyprus 40 firefighters are working in Parnit and 2 aircraft in Crete, a Canadair aircraft arrived from Croatia, 120 firefighters from Ukraine as infantry (ground extinguishing firefighters) help to extinguish fires in Evia, from Israel 16 firefighters will work in Attica, 2 planes arrived from Sweden, 112 firefighters arrived from Romania in 23 specialized vehicles, 3 SP helicopters arrived from Switzerland with a special water tanker.
On what fronts are international forces active?
One hundred Ukrainians are already in Evia, 82 French are in Attica, along with 40 Cypriot firefighters, as well as two French planes and specialized vehicles (with water cannons) from Croatia.
Today, 16 Israeli firefighters and two Swedish firefighting planes are joining the fire brigade. In addition, 112 firefighters in 23 vehicles and three super puma helicopters arrived from Switzerland. Arrival of rescuers from Romania is expected. Two more planes from Cyprus operate in Crete.