The Minister of National Defense, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, announced the decisions taken at today’s meeting under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the Maximos Palace, on the ways in which the army will assist in the prevention and management of fires. Afterwards, the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, presented the operational plan of the Armed Forces.
“Given the critical situation on the fire front and after the morning meeting in Maximou and following instructions, it was decided the active participation of the armed forces in the field of prevention and response,” said Nikos Panagiotopoulos, initially.
As the Minister of National Defense explained, it was decided to increase the surveillance to prevent fires throughout the territory from the air and from the ground with continuous patrols.
“The armed forces are always present in difficult times, even now,” the minister said, giving the floor to GEETHA chief Konstantinos Floros to specify the measures.
“We have already developed the surveillance mechanism as a precaution. In the last three days, 500 people, 63 vehicles of all kinds and 39 aircraft and helicopters have been deployed for firefighting and surveillance. We are also ready to provide assistance to those affected by the fire. From now on, drone and aircraft surveillance will be carried out, while fire safety patrols will be doubled in affected areas and high-risk areas.
Drones and helicopters will fly throughout the territory to prevent fires.
A 50-person team is also on standby to rush where needed. Machinery is available where and when needed and floating pontoons in the port for evacuations, when needed “.