UK sends fire brigade to Greece to fight fires

This content was published on Aug 07, 2021 – 17:54

London, August 7 (EFE). On Saturday, the British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the dispatch of a team of firefighters to Greece to cooperate in putting out the out-of-control fires in different parts of the country.

Patel, who visited Greece this week to address immigration issues, confirmed in a tweet on Twitter that he had seen the “devastating effects” of those fires.

The British National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC, in English) explained in a statement that it had assembled a team of experts to collaborate with their Greek colleagues in the “tactical” work of extinction.

Mark Hardingham, president of the NFCC, explained that firefighters, from brigades in England and Wales, will fly to Athens this weekend to start their work.

“The team is highly qualified to respond to extreme events like this,” Hardingham said. “We can provide technical and professional skills to our firefighting colleagues in Greece at the time they need help.”

He stressed that “in the professional nature of a firefighter, the duty to help is inherent.”

Greece is burning hundreds of fires in the face of a severe heat wave and it is feared that conditions will remain unfavorable for extinction with more winds and higher temperatures expected. EFE

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