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Refugees in Greece complete training in emergency situations

A group of refugees in Greece has completed training for emergency situations. The first phase of the training funded by European Union resources was completed with an exercise and the presentation of certificates at the Ministry of Migration & Asylum on Tuesday. The training was carried out by the Greek …

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594 fires broke out in Greece in 10 days, dozens of arrests

A total of 594 fires broke out in Greece in 10 days, under heatwave conditions and with high-velocity winds, Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday. Of the 594 fires, 571 were put out before they spread. Five of them spread extensively to Dervenochoria, Corfu, Rhodes, …

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Urgent preliminary investigation into the causes of the Rhodes fire

Judicial authorities on the island of Rhodes have launched an urgent preliminary investigation into the causes of the fire burning for 9th consecutive day. The commander of the Fire Department, Nikitas Venios, and the head of the Dodecanese Forest Directorate, Katerina Balatsouka, were asked to provide explanations to the Dodecanese …

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Ambulance service to be strengthen with Army & Fire Service assistance

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Wednesday that the Ambulance Service EKAV will be strengthen with the assistance  of the Army and the Fire Service. During his introductory speech at the first cabinet meeting, Mitsotakis heralded “Better wages, better health service, better state, better life.” In one sentence he spoke …

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378 wildfires across Greece in a week; Risk map for July 7

A total of 378 wildfires were recorded nationwide over the last 7 days, Fire Brigade’s spokesperson Fire Major Giannis Artopios said at a press briefing on Wednesday. 41 forest fires broke out in the last 24 hours. Given the particular conditions that prevailed, with high temperatures, increased wind intensity as …

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Stormy weather sweeps across Greece; child and three workers injured

A bad weather front sweeping across Greece with heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms and powerful winds since Wednesday evening has led to the injuries of three adults and one child as well as to material damages. A 7-year-old boy was injured when the iron garden door in relatives house collapsed in …

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Over 15 people die in Greece Dec 12-26 due to cheap heating devices

Death by heating: Sunday morning thick, black smoke comes out of a two-storey house in Metaxourgeio district of downtown Athens. Parents and children run in panic to escape the flames, neighbors and passersby rush to help until the fire brigades arrive. Hand in hand they take the children out of …

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Mati Fire: Prosecutor investigates to upgrade charges against 12 Fire Service officers

The Athens prosecutor investigates whether charges against 12 Fire Brigade officers during the devastating fire at Mati in 2018 will be upgraded to prosecution for fatal exposure of citizens to danger. the decision is expected to be announced. The upgrading of charges to criminal level is at the urging of …

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Mati fire: Investigator says he was pressured to cover up, ex Minister files against newspaper

It rains lawsuits following revelations about possible mishandling of the wildfire in Mati in July 2018/17 that cost the lives of over 100 people. Former Citizen Protection Minister filed a law suit against daily Kathimerini for the revelations, while the main Fire Service investigator filed a lawsuit saying that he …

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Evia forest fire: Serious indications of arsonists’ work

The Greek Fire Service has serious indications that the devastating forest fire on Evia beginning of the week may was the work of arsonists. Investigators of the Fire Department’s Crimes Division have reportedly received dozens of testimonies by locals. At the same time, they have investigated a suspect who has …

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Civil Protection warning “very high risk” of wildfires on June 29 – Maps

The Greek Civil Protection has published a warning of “very high risk” of wildfires in several regions of Greece due to high temperatures and powerful winds up to 6-7 Beaufort and locally up to 8-9. The Civil Protection warning is valid for Saturday, June 28, 2019, draws attention to the …

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Greece’s Fire Service announces opening of firefighting season 2019

The Greek Fire Service has announced the opening of the firefighting season 2019. The firefighting season that in fact forbids the setting of fires outdoors runs from May 1 until October 31. Calling on citizens to avoid anything that would start a fire, the Fire Service published a list of …

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Mati wildfire report: Cynical 199-operators, complete chaos in Fire Service

The prosecutors’ report on the Mati wildfire on 23. July 2018 highlights the complete lack of organization and operation, and reveals the shocking responses by the Fire Service operators to residents desperately calling for help. The anguished calls by distressed citizens fearing for their lives were met with the cynicism …

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Athens wildfires victim dies in hospital, death toll rises to 98

An 83-year-old woman passed away early morning Thursday and her death increases the victims of Athens wildfires to 98, the Fire Service announced. The woman had suffered severe burn injuries on 23. July and was hospitalized in KAT ever since. She is the second wildfires victim to die in the …

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Death toll in Athens wildfires rises to 93, victims list goes public

A 78-year-old victim of the Athens wildfires died in the Sismanogleio hospital in the Greek capital on Thursday morning, increasing the death toll to 93. The woman not in intensive care unit, however, she had serious health problems in addition to the fire injuries.The woman is the tenth victim to …

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Lack of communication between Fire Service and Police during deadly Athens wildfire

Official documents proving the disorganization of Fire Service and Police on the day of the deadly wildfires in Athens are on their way to prosecutor investigating the causes and responsibilities that led to the death 0f 91 people. There was no proper coordination, no organization and no communication between the …

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PM Tsipras replaces chiefs of Fire Service, Police over Athens wildfires tragedy

In an extraordinary meeting of the Greece’s Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) on Sunday afternoon, the chiefs of the Fire Service and the Police were replaced. The decision comes 14 days after the deadly wildfires where at least 90 people lost their lives in an area just …

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