News Local 2,000 people, nine aircraft at authorities' disposal to fight fires this summer

2,000 people, nine aircraft at authorities’ disposal to fight fires this summer

Moving to ensure the best possible coordination in anticipation of a difficult summer, authorities met at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday to discuss firefighting measures.

The Forestry Department, the Met office the Fire Service and the Civil Defence agreed to meet once a week to coordinate their actions, bracing for challenging weeks ahead because of the particularly abundant rains over the winter, which has led to a growth in vegetation.

According to philenews, during the meeting, authorities revealed that around 2,000 people will be working to control and prevent fires.

Regarding aerial firefighting, the Forestry Department has two firefighting airplanes at its disposal, while the Fire Service has two helicopters, the National Guard has three helicopters and police has four helicopters.

However, philenews reports, two of the police helicopters will be down for planned maintenance this summer, while one will be used for search and rescue operations.

The Forestry Department, is considering leasing two more aircraft to address this issue, philenews reports.

The firefighting efforts of the government are regularly aided by the British Bases. Earlier in May, a joint Republic of Cyprus-SBA firefighting exercise took place in Kakopetria.

This summer is a peculiar period due to the abundant rains of the winters, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said after the meeting. For this reason authorities have started their operational meetings earlier, in order to be prepared for an expected difficult summer, he added.

This is the first time protocols and memorandums of understanding are signed between authorities, to set jurisdictions and responsibilities, he said.

According to Director of the Forestry Department Charalambos Alexandrou there were 136 wildfires in forests in 2018, which burned 1,036 hectares of land. The number of wildfires in 2018 was up by 80% compared to the average annual  number for the period 2000-2017.

The Forestry Department said that people are to blame for 90% of forest fires.

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/forestry-department-posts-video-of-cypriot-nature-after-this-years-abundant-rains/

Top Stories

President: Attack against Macron insults European values

In a written statement, President Anastasiades said that this attack, against the French President from the leader of a country which is candidate for...

Finance Minister: No lockdown forseen in 2021 state budget

Minister of Finance Constantinos Petrides called on MPs to approve the 2021 state budget given the critical moments facing Cyprus due to the coronavirus...

Mitsotakis-Anastasiades have working lunch

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday had a working lunch with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. According to government sources, during the lunch they discussed Turkey's...

Dendias-Lavrov: Greece has right to extend its territorial waters to 12 n.m.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday agreed it was Greece's ιnalienable right to extend its territorial...

COVID-19 tests to pupils in Polis to begin as of Tuesday

The Education Ministry intends to carry out extensive COVID-19 tests among the students of all schools in Polis Chrysochous as of tomorrow, according to...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...