Greece Provides Detailed List of Fire Assistance by Other Countries

ATHENS — An updated list of the aid Greece received by European Union member states and third countries was provided by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection on Monday.

In a statement, the civil protection authority noted that it activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism (RescEU) from the first moment the fires began to unfold in Greece, at 21:30 on August 3.

A total of 21 airborne means of assistance, 1,286 firefighters and 250 vehicles were provided to Greece.

Below is the detailed list of the aid sent by countries participating in RescEU:

– Cyprus: 2 Air-Tractor aircraft and 40 firefighters (Aug. 4)

– France: 2 Canadair CL-415 aircraft (Aug. 6), 1 Canadair CL-415 aircraft (Aug. 7), 82 firefighters (Aug. 5), while an additional ground team of 161 people and 59 vehicles are expected on August 11

– Croatia: 1 CL 415 aircraft (Aug. 6)

– Sweden: 2 Air-Tractor aircraft (Aug. 6)

– Romania: 108 firefighters with 21 fire engines (Aug. 7)

– Spain: 1 Canadair CL aircraft 415 (Aug. 7)

– Czech Republic: 13 vehicles and 34 firefighters (Aug. 8)

– Poland: 143 firefighters with 46 vehicles (expected arrival, Aug. 9)

– Slovakia: 75 firefighters with 30 fire engines (expected arrival, Aug. 9)

– Germany: 2 divisions of 221 people with 46 vehicles (expected arrival, Aug. 10 and 11)

– Austria: 36 firefighters with 15 vehicles (expected arrival, Aug. 10)

The list below details the aid sent by non-EU countries:

– United States: 1 P-8 reconnaissance aircraft

– Russia: 2 Ilyushin-76 aircraft, 2 Mi8 helicopters

– Ukraine: 100 firefighters (Aug. 6)

– Israel: 16 firefighters (Aug. 6) and 2 Air-Tractor aircraft (Aug. 10)

– Switzerland: 3 helicopters (Aug. 7)

– Egypt: 2 helicopters (Aug. 7)

– United Kingdom: 21 firefighters (Aug. 8)

– Serbia: 34 firefighters and 13 vehicles (expected arrival, Aug. 8), 3 helicopters (expected arrival, Aug. 9)

– Kuwait: 40 firefighters and equipment (expected arrival, Aug. 9)

– Qatar: 66 firefighters and 3 vehicles (Aug. 8), another 66 firefighters (expected arrival, Aug. 9)

– Moldova: 25 firefighters and 4 vehicles (expected arrival, Aug. 10)

– United Arab Emirates: 1 helicopter (expected arrival, Aug. 10) and equipment (expected arrival, Aug. 13)

A member of staff from the European Commission arrived at the Greek civil protection headquarters on August 6, it was added.

Finally, the Mytilineos Group donated 4 leased Bell 214-Β1 helicopters for 60-days to the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, "an important initiative to strengthen the country's air fleet," noted the authority.


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