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Finland offers helicopters, firemen and experts to fight Greek forest fires


Finland offers helicopters, firemen and experts to fight Greek forest fires
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Finland is offering the Greek authorities the use of three helicopters along with firefighters and forest fire experts to help extinguish the blazes raging out of control in the Peloponnese and elsewhere.
      According to Senior Inspector Taito Vainio from the Ministry of the Interior's Rescue Service Department, the offer of help will be made via the EU.
     
If Greece reports back that it requires the assistance offered by the Finns, the helicopters and personnel could be on their way as early as today or tomorrow.
      Vainion said that Finland had not earlier offered helicopter assistance, as the choppers could not be withdrawn from service without reducing rescue readiness in Finland.
      Three helicopters were promised from a private enterprise, but it has to be said they are a good deal smaller than those Greece has been appealing for.
     
Finland has also offered to send two to three forest fire experts and a rescue task force of 20-25 firefighters. They would probably be used to protect built-up areas.
      If the situation in Greece - which has already declared a nationwide state of emergency as the death toll from the fires rises to more than 60 - continues for any length of time, then replacements for the firefighters would also have to be considered, as they cannot remain on duty indefinitely.


Helsingin Sanomat


  27.8.2007 - TODAY
 Finland offers helicopters, firemen and experts to fight Greek forest fires

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