Press Release from the Commander of Kefalonia Fire Service

HELLENIC REPUBLIC Argostoli 30 June 2020

TO: Media

MINISTRY OF PROTECTION OF
POLITICAL GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF
GRADUATE PROTECTION PRINCIPLE OF PYROSVESTICAL BODY
PER / KI PYR / KI DIOLIKIS KINIFION KONIPION IONION ISLANDS
ADMIN.

PRESS RELEASE

As part of the continuous information of the citizens, the Directorate of Fire Services of the Prefecture (DI.PY.N.) of KEFALLINIA, aiming at the elimination of the risks of fire for foreign properties and mainly for the protection of human life, the reduction of the number of events outdoor fires and the reduction of burned areas, announces that:

As of June 11, 2020, the no. 19/2020 Firefighting Order on “Procedure for imposing administrative fines for violations of fire safety regulations”.

The provisions hereof shall apply mutatis mutandis to any other applicable regulatory framework, administrative measures or sanctions and / or criminal prosecution.
At present, the administrative fines are classified, the amount is determined and the process of certification and collection of these, per category and type of violation, is provided by the competent auditing bodies of the Fire Brigade (PS) in the context of exercising supervision of financial activities, operations. and installations, following a non-compliance with the requirements of the existing fire protection provisions:
a) Preventive and repressive means, measures and systems of active fire protection,
b) Elements of structural (passive) fire protection,
c) Typical conditions as part of administrative procedures,
d) Care for the prevention and treatment of fires in eco-friendly and uncovered areas, agricultural and forest areas.
In particular, the following are provided for category (d):

• To light a fire, discard lit cigarettes – matches and other materials on dry grass and / or other combustible or explosive materials or objects in violation of no. 4/2012 of the Fire Brigade, a fine of 150 euros is provided.
• For “hot work” in outdoor or semi-outdoor areas, such as welding, cutting, using a flame or electric arc or any equipment that may cause heat, flame or spark, as well as paving, waterproofing, waterproofing, drilling, nailing (fixing) and any other heat production work, unless performed in such a way as to maintain the temperature of the tools and work below 100oC, with means such as metal cutting and soldering devices, copper soldering and tin welding machines, lamps welding, etc., provided that no work permit has been issued for Article 2 and the precautionary measures referred to in Article 3 of 7/1996 of the Fire Brigade, a fine of 150 euros is provided.
• For lighting a fire for catering purposes within organized areas, such as camping without taking the measures of par. 2 of article 4 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Firefighting Order and in force. a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For lighting and maintaining fire inside houses, hotels, laboratories, huts, herds, tents, courtyards or fenced uncovered areas, located within forests and forest areas and up to a distance of 300 meters, without observing the measures of par. 4 of the article 4 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For the burning of wheat and other agricultural residues on days with a risk index of 3, 4, 5 or without the permission of the Fire Service and the taking of the required fire protection measures of par. 1 of article 5 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and is valid, on days with a risk index of 1 and 2 a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For incineration of agricultural lands located within forest areas or at a distance of less than 300 meters from them and 50 meters from trees, without the permission of the Fire Service, during the period from November 1 to April 30 of the following year, in dangerous areas, as defined by p.d. 575/81, without having taken the measures of par. 1 of article 5, while for the other areas of the country, without having taken the measures of case (d) of par. 1 of article 5 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For placement, storage or abandonment of flammable materials or waste items or waste within forests or forest areas and up to a distance of 300 meters from them and 50 meters from arrays with tree and shrub vegetation, without proof of permission of the relevant Forest Officer Fire protection measures service, according to article 6 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Order and in force a fine of 300 euros is provided.
• For the creation of rejection areas and the incineration of waste within the forests or forest areas and up to a distance of 300 meters from them, without taking the required fire protection measures of par. 2 and 4 of article 7 of no. 9/2000 of the Fire Brigade Order, as amended by the Fire Brigade Order No. 9a / 2005 and in force a fine of 500 euros is provided.
• For the operation of coal, limestone, other laboratory or technical complexes that operate within areas that fall under the provisions of the Forest Legislation, without the permission of the relevant Forest Officer, fire protection certificate in accordance with the conditions of par. 2 of article 8 of Art. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Order and in force a fine of 250 euros is provided.
• For smoking beehives within the forests or forest areas and up to a distance of 300 meters from them, without taking the required fire protection measures of par. 1 of article 9 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For the burning of grassland without the permission of the competent Forest Authority and a certified study by the competent Fire Service for the necessary measures, means and materials of fire safety, in accordance with the provisions of article 10 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For lighting and maintenance for any purpose of fire in the countryside in the areas of article 1 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Brigade and a fine of 200 euros is provided.
• For disposal of lighted cigarettes – matches and other materials in the premises of article 1 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Order and in force a fine of 150 euros is provided.
• For hunting in the woods and in forest areas with weapons, which have a plug made of material, from which fire can be transmitted to the premises of article 1 of no. 9/2000 Fire Brigade, as amended by no. 9a / 2005 Fire Order and in force a fine of 150 euros is provided.
It is pointed out that based on the Daily Fire Risk Forecast Map issued daily by the G.G.P.P., in the above-mentioned fines there will be an increase with a weighting factor. In case of a similar violation within one (1) year, the fine is doubled. According to par. E of article 167 of law 4662/2020 (Α΄27), the minimum imposed administrative fine is two hundred (200) euros and the maximum is five thousand (5,000) euros.
The Act imposing a fine is drawn up on the spot by the auditors of the PS. and if the fine is not paid on time within fifteen (15) days, it is certified and collected through the Public Financial Service (D.O.Y.). Violators within five (5) days from the service of the Act may submit in writing objections to the Commander DI.PY.N. KEFALLINIAS.

The commander

Anastasios Ath. Vassilios
Pyrarchos

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