Greek-American Led Fund Drive for Greek Firefighters Training

April 22, 2019

In the aftermath of the July 23, 2018 fires that killed 100 in Greece – blamed largely on unpreparedness – Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute partnered with the American Farm School in Thessaloniki to give Greek firefighters fire protection safety courses.

The week-long course was free of charge, courtesy of leadership and fundraising efforts by 1975 WPI grad Nick Kyriakos, said Worcester magazine.

“Although disaster relief has been plentiful for Greece, WPI’s interest in establishing education, training and research programs in fire and public safety for the country, motivated me to volunteer and seek support from our Greek American and Philhellene community,” said Kyriakos.

Greek firefighters, first responders and fire managers studied extreme fire behavior, wildland urban interface fire dynamics and impact, and firefighter entrapment in a course at the Hellenic Fire Academy in Kifissia, with hands-on field training.


ATHENS - A joint investigation by Greek and Spanish police, United States Homeland Security and Europol has led to busting open a ring of criminals trafficking women for sex although brothels are allowed but regulated with conditions.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.


Lebanon’s Christians Feel the Heat of Climate Change in Its Sacred Forest and Valley (Vid)

BCHARRE, Lebanon (AP) — Majestic cedar trees towered over dozens of Lebanese Christians gathered outside a small mid-19th century chapel hidden in a mountain forest to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, the miracle where Jesus Christ, on a mountaintop, shined with light before his disciples.

ATHENS – On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Maria Callas, widely considered the greatest diva in the history of opera, the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy-U.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after his historic ouster as House speaker, Republican Rep.

LONDON (AP) — The British government apologized Wednesday to the families of 97 Liverpool soccer fans who died after a stadium crush 34 years ago, as it introduced a charter it said will sharply diminish the chances that others will endure the kinds of injustices they suffered.

CAIRO (AP) — A cargo ship broke down in Egypt's Suez Canal on Wednesday and crashed into a bridge over the crucial waterway, authorities said, adding that the incident did not disrupt traffic through the canal.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.