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Introductory Speech by the Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, at the Press Release held at the MoD

Introductory Speech by the Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, at the Press Release held at the MoD
Introductory Speech by the Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, at the Press Release held at the MoD
Introductory Speech by the Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, at the Press Release held at the MoD
Introductory Speech by the Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos, at the Press Release held at the MoD

“Following our visit to the areas of the municipalities of Rafina – Pikermi and Marathonas, I would like to inform you on the involvement of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of National Defence to dealing with the crisis.  

Thursday 26 July 2018:

Four aircraft were provided for fire protection.

Aircraft were provided by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (two aircraft from Italy, one from Romania, and two from Spain).

Bulldozers, loaders, trenchers, eight water tenders, firefighting vehicles, and dumpers were also provided.

One frigate to assist SAR coordination, as well as 70 personnel from the General Staffs were provided at Mati-Attica, and remain in the area, as part of “Defkalion” plan. Moreover, 55 firemen and two vehicles from Cyprus deployed in the area.

The military hospitals in Attica remain in a state of readiness and a number of beds at the Armour Training Centre and the Military Academies were provided to cover the needs of the fire-stricken.

At this point, I would like to say that, following a request by the Ministry of Health, we have provided at least one bed at each ICU of the three military hospitals.

29 joint – exclusive patrols have been provided by the General Staffs to prevent fires and contribute to the security of the affected areas; two patrol coordination centres continue to operate at Megara and Aghios Andreas.

15 civil engineers have been provided by the General Staffs to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks; their work is to assess the damage at the area of Kineta, where they have inspected 100 houses. The Armed Forces have 50 engineers in total.

The Army, with two field kitchens and a water tank, has distributed rations to the fire-stricken at Mati.

Friday 27 July 2018:

Two aircraft were provided for fire protection.

The aircraft provided by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (two aircraft from Italy, one from Romania and two from Spain), remained.

In addition to the aforementioned, two bulldozers, three loaders, one trencher, twelve water tenders, and three dumpers were also provided.

We began the opening up of some flumes in the area, following the instructions given by the Municipality and the Ministry of Infrastructure, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment.

The frigate for SAR coordination, and 70 personnel by the General Staffs, remain at Mati, as part of “Defkalion” plan.

The readiness of the Military Hospitals in Attica, exactly as it has been described for the day before, continues; a total of 14 incidents ensuing from the fires were hospitalised in military hospitals, two of which are personnel from the Fire Service.

25 joint – exclusive patrols have been provided by the General Staffs to prevent fires and contribute to the security of the affected areas; the operation of the patrol coordination centres continues.

The 15 civil engineers by the General Staffs remain at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks to assess the damage at the area of Kineta and Mati, and they have inspected 60 more houses.

The Army, with two field kitchens, has distributed rations to the fire-stricken at Mati.

It is the first day we have provided 50 apartments at the Air Force Resort at Zoumberi, to house the fire-stricken.

In addition, the Studies and Constructions Unit began work on anti-flood projects in the Municipalities of Rafina and Marathonas, with earthwork machinery. The works take place at the large flume of Rafina and at the flume which is the limit between the two Municipalities, and include the maintenance, cleaning, and cutting of trees and bushes, aiming at the unobstructed leading of rainwater towards the sea.   

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2018:

Four new aircraft were provided for surveillance. I would like to comment that all the light assets provided by the General Staffs, as well as the UAVs of the Air Force and the Army General Staffs, operate throughout Greece for surveillance purposes; moreover, fuel is offered to flying clubs so they can also participate in programmed patrolling throughout Greece.

The provision of bulldozers, loaders, trenchers, twelve water tenders, and four dumpers continues. The frigate continues with the SAR coordination, according to the Joint RCC’s instructions, and the readiness of military hospitals also continues.

The patrols performed by the General Staffs to prevent fires and contribute to the security of the affected areas are now 25; the operation of two patrol coordination centres at Megara and Aghios Andreas continues.

I will also tell you something that we are actually discussing at this very moment. In case more than the four Citizen Service Centres existing in the area are needed, we will put at the Ministries’ disposal installations of the Armed Forces to set up additional Citizen Service Centres at the affected areas, so as to facilitate the citizens who want to process compensation matters.

The Army has provided 500 rations at Mati, with two field kitchens; 52 more apartments have been provided at the Air Force Resort at Zoumberi to house the fire-stricken -where 37 families have already been housed-, and 60 more apartments at the Army resort of Aghios Andreas, where 19 families have been housed.

We also provide food and shelter to the loggers who cooperate with the Ministry of Environment and work in the affected areas”.