Funded and coordinated under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, more than 200 firefighters and technical equipment from Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Romania and Norway will be positioned in the country to enable support immediately to Greek first responders in the event of major forest fires.
“It is clear that we are facing global climate change and that we Europeans must react together. In August 2021, Greece witnessed around 65 simultaneous wildfires per day with average temperatures often exceeding 40℃. Together with the Greek authorities, we have therefore agreed on the presence of more than 200 highly qualified firefighters from across our continent to support national first responders when fires break out. This will not only ensure a faster response but also an important exchange of knowledge for all the firefighters involved and I thank all the countries participating in this operation”, said Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic.
This enhanced cooperation of European fire services with Greece follows the particularly fierce wildfire season of 2021.
It comes on top of the EU’s forest fire preparedness measures, which also include the rescEU fleet of firefighting aircraft available to Member States and States participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. EU.