Firefighting in Greece has become a challenge in the last decade, mainly because of global warming and its effects on vegetation fires. However, Greece seems to do a great job for prevention, but it registered a poor firefighting record compared to its South European peers. In the last year, Greece has been overwhelmed by the increasing number of wildfires, which none expected and forecasted. That is why Greece is currently trying to allocate more money towards the firefighting sector and to purchase the latest models of fire trucks.
The situation of fire trucks in Greece
At the beginning of the 1930s, the Fire Service owned approximately 3,500 vehicles. Today the number is a little lower, giving the fact that the conventional fire truck Greece has undergone many innovations and new solutions for efficiency increase. However, Greek fire brigades are still in need of innovative wildland engines. Greece appears to be ineffective compared to other South Europeans regarding coping with forest fires. This is the case with the fire from this year, when the Hellenic fire brigades declared they were helpless in coping it the fire from Evia, and needed help from the Italian fire service.
Improvements for the Hellenic fire service
Since Greece had the largest area burnt in wildland, between 2008 and 2017, which counted for 28 ha, the Hellenic firefighting and rescue service demanded an urgency state regarding the immediate improvements they should bring in the firefighting sector. Therefore, the particularities of a fire truck Athens (where the biggest fire brigade is situated) should be at least 7000 liters water supply, 860 liters firefighting foam, the extinguishing performance set as 6000 liters per minute. The wildland engines must be fast, efficient and have easy maneuverability. Volkan Fire is a fire truck producer, which delivers fire apparatus at highest safety and efficiency standards.