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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-20

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits firefighting aircraft base

  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits firefighting aircraft base

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis visited the firefighting aircraft base in Elefsis, near Piraeus, on Monday morning, where he was briefed on the fleet's preparedness in light of the high fire-risk period.

    In a brief greeting, Karamanlis thanked the Air Force staff for the work they do, which he said benefits Greek society, adding that their task frequently brought them to the boundaries of human ability.

    The premier stressed that the destruction of the country's forest wealth is "one of the severest problems we are called on to confront, as a society", since "protection of the environment is a primary and prevalent necessity in order to preserve quality of life on our planet".

    "We need to be in a constant state of vigilance," Karamanlis said, and stressed that "wherever a forest expanse is lost due to fire, we needed to proceed immediately -- which we are doing -- with all those actions that ensure that it will once again become a forest".

    The premier said that the contribution of the firefighting airplanes and helicopters to an immediate and effective confrontation of the fires is decisive, particularly in the dase of extensive burning fronts and blaces in inaccessible areas.

    It is consoling, he said, that in an era in which values, ideals and chiefly recognition of accomplishments and effort are not always self-evident, the airborne firefighters' work was acknowledged by the entire Greek society, adding that the pilots and technical personnel set an example of heroism and contribution.

    The state and the government are, and will be, constantly at the side of the airborne firefighers' side, solving, to the degree possible, any problems that exist, the prime minister said, and thanked them for the fight they wage against fires with a high sense of duty and spirit of self-denial.

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