News Local Nine fire trucks donated to mountain communities

Nine fire trucks donated to mountain communities

 

Nine fire trucks that would normally be decommissioned and sold will be donated to mountain communities to bolster fire fighting efforts there.

The fire trucks until recently belonged to the Forestry Department and have been replaced with newer vehicles as the department upgrades its fleet.

The decision was taken by cabinet last week at the suggestion of the Agriculture Minister.

Eight small fire trucks and their equipment will be given to the community councils of Kyperounta, Androlykou, Ayios Mamas, Dieronas, Simi, Neo Chorio Paphos, Spilia and Askas and a big truck will be donated to Tamasos Bishopric.

They will be operated by personnel from the community councils and volunteers who will be trained by Forestry Department officials.

The trucks will increase readiness to tackle fires and help government efforts to protect the forests.

The trucks have been replaced with 21 new, modern vehicles — eight large and 13 medium sized.

Read more

156 forest fires a year in Cyprus, says Department of Forests

 

Top Stories

Puppy with green fur born in Sardinia

Pistachio, a puppy who was born with green fur, is seen on the day he was born on a farm on the island of...

Masks in Cyprus mandatory for all in outdoor public spaces as of Friday

Masks in Cyprus are mandatory in all outdoor public spaces - in addition to indoors - for all over the age of 12 as...

Cyprus remains on UK’s “green” travel list despite rising covid cases

Cyprus has remained in the UK Government’s “green” Travel Corridors list despite a rise in coronavirus cases on the island. This means that travellers from...

In final Trump-Biden showdown, less chaos but plenty of clashes

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting views on the still-raging coronavirus pandemic at Thursday's final presidential debate, seeking...

Mainly fine on Friday, 32 C inland

Mainly fine on Friday with local cloud developing in the afternoon inland and in the mountains. Winds will be light to moderate, force 3 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...