The Greek Rescue Team Returned from Turkey

February 13, 2023

ATHENS – The Greek rescue team sent to Turkey after the devastating 7.8 Richter earthquake that occurred in the early hours of February 6 in Southeast Turkey and Syria returned to Athens.

The mission was welcomed at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos by the political leadership of the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Health Minister, Thanos Plevris, and the leadership of the Fire Brigade as well as members of the EKAV (Emergency Response Ambulance Service).

The Greek rescue team returned from Turkey. (Photo by GIORGOS KONTARINIS/EUROKINISSI)
The Greek rescue team returned from Turkey. (Photo by GIORGOS KONTARINIS/EUROKINISSI)

The mission consisted of 36 officers of the 1st and 2nd EMAK (Special Disaster Response Unit), two officers – engineers of the Fire Brigade with specialization in the underpinning in the ruins of collapsed buildings, 8 doctors and rescuers of EKAV, three rescue dogs and three special rescue vehicles, as well as the head of the Organisation for Anti-Seismic Planning and Protection (OASP), professor Efthymis Lekkas.

“We did what we would do in our country,” the head of the 1st EMAK, Dimitris Roupas, said upon his arrival to the Athens airport.


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