European firefighters arrived to help Greek colleagues

Firefighters from France, Norway and Finland are arriving in Greece to help their Greek counterparts in the fight against the numerous forest fires raging in the country.

A French contingent of 25 firefighters will be in Attica throughout August. In the coming days, 27 firefighters from Norway and 48 firefighters from Finland are expected to arrive. The Norwegian team will reportedly be stationed in Tripoli, in the central Peloponnese.

A heartfelt thank you to the firefighters leaving #Greece after a month of working together and helping #forestfires overcome the challenges was paramount, the pre-positioning project is true #EUsolidarity in action #UCPM #rescEU.

Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides welcomed the French unit at a welcoming ceremony at the Fire Service Academy. “I am sure that your presence here today, given the well-known difficulties that France is facing [с лесными пожарами]is proof of what we call European solidarity and fraternal relations between France and Greece,” he said.

The new teams will replace the Romanian and German firefighters who supported their Greek counterparts in July.

With firefighters from #France and #Romania participating in the #UCPM pre-positioning pilot in #Greece, a warm thank you to each and everyone for your support. Together we are stronger. Together we meet #climatecrisis is #EUsolidarity! This is Europe!

Last year, 2021, during strong fires in Attica, Evia and the Peloponnese, more than 500 firefighters from all over Europe arrived in Greece. In 2022, fires affected the entire southern Europe.

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