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To prevent the calamities caused by wild fires, such as the ones that ravaged Greece’s forests, the Hellenic Fire Fighting Service signed an agreement of cooperation with the company in order to gain access to real-time fire monitoring.
A task force of 320 men has been trained for the programme which will provide better coordination of the forces deployed on the spot.
Better Safe than Sorry
Local government has been trained in making use of early warning systems and there has been provision for the formation of sixteen air- transferred squads to be deployed in cases of extreme emergency.
European Forest Fire Information System: http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/
European Civil Protection: Greece Forest Fires 2007 & 2009