More than 200 firefighters and technical equipment contributed by European Union countries will be shortly deployed to Greece
200 firefighters and technical equipment provided by European Union countries will be shortly deployed to Greece to allow for a swift response to large wildfires.
The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said that Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Romania and Norway would take part in the initiative coordinated by the bloc's Civil Protection Mechanism.
Hundreds of massive blazes burned across Greece last summer.
“It is clear that we are facing a global weather change, and that requires us Europeans to respond jointly," Janez Lenarcic, the commissioner for crisis management, said.
“In August 2021, Greece witnessed about 65 simultaneous forest fires per day with average temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius." (104 degrees Fahrenheit.)