After the traumatic experience of this year’s destructive blazes, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is reportedly intent on “changing everything” regarding the structures, methods, means and personnel when it comes to fighting forest fires.
Mitsotakis has insisted that preventive measures were taken ahead of the fire season this summer, but acknowledged that they proved insufficient, given that Greece is already experiencing the impact of the climate crisis and the tools at the disposal of the state apparatus are woefully inadequate.
To the end of upgrading capabilities, the government has already decided to implement a series of measures. These include the creation of a special corps of 500 specially trained firefighters that will operate in forest areas and deal with fires before they reach infrastructure networks. The plan foresees the creation of this force by January.
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