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10-08-21

UK firefighters are now in Peloponnese, Southern Greece, to tackle devastating wildfires

UK firefighters who have deployed to Greece are now in Peloponnese, Southern Greece – and are tackling the wildfires with their Greek counterparts and colleagues.

Teams from Merseyside, Lancashire, South Wales, London and West Midlands fire services are among the 21-strong team.

The National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Resilience responded to a formal request from the Home Secretary to give operational assistance to Greece.

The team spent time working a fire front in the area of Gortynia where they worked alongside local firefighting teams – and they are now been deployed to another area, to maximise their impact. They also have a base of operations in Tropaia, Peloponnese.

 

BBC Breakfast talks to our team in Greece

BBC Breakfast: Teams deploy to Greece - interview with National Resilience deployment Team Commander, Tony Brown

Radio 4 interviews Nick Searle, speaks] National Resilience Lead

Radio 5 Live speaks to Phil Garrigan, National Resilience Strategic Lead

LBC News talks to Phil Garrigan, National Resilience Strategic Lead


The team is made up of:
  • A deployment Commander
  • A deputy Commander
  • Command Support
  • 2 x comms operatives
  • 16 firefighting personnel

The fires are largely due to the country’s most severe heatwave in 30 years, with temperatures soaring to more than 40 degrees centigrade in some areas.  More fires are likely, with forecasts of strong winds and searing temperatures.

Previous deployments include Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Pakistan, India, Iran, Mozambique, Indonesia, Haiti, New Zealand, Japan, Bosnia and Nepal.

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