The Republic of Cyprus will have ten aircraft at its disposal this year to put out fires, according to what was discussed at a wide-ranging meeting on fire prevention and suppression held on Monday night at the Presidential Palace, under the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis , with the participation of the relevant Ministers, Services and Stakeholders.
Information indicates that consultations are underway with Jordan to secure aircraft from that country.
In a post on Twitter, President Anastasiadis pointed out that the topic of the meeting was the strengthening of the framework for the prevention and suppression of fires and that & # 8220; our goal is the best possible preparation for the upcoming high-risk summer season & # 8221;.
I had a meeting tonight with all the relevant bodies on the subject of strengthening the framework for the prevention and suppression of fires. Our goal is the best possible preparation for the upcoming high risk summer season. pic.twitter.com/Yo6AHGd8ar
– Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) May 9, 2022
In a statement, after the meeting, the Government Spokesman, Marios Pelekanos, said that it evaluated the implementation of the measures decided, while the degree of readiness of the Services and the needs that existed were put on the table.
More specifically, he added, issues were discussed, among others, such as the adequacy of aircraft, the use of technology, the coordination framework of the competent Services, the adequate staffing of the competent Services, the adequacy of fire protection and fire zones, the upgrade of rural fire stations, the utilization of Local Authorities, the compilation of the register for the purpose of ordering specialized vehicles in emergencies and the management of volunteers.
As for the aircraft, said Mr. Pelekanos, the Ministry of Agriculture has carried out the necessary procedures, so that in May there will be an adequacy of aircraft.
Information, moreover, states that The establishment has started and the operation of a central coordinating body for coordination between the competent services on the subject of fires has started.
The Fire Brigade and the Rapid Reaction Team.
fires and the timely implementation of fire protection projects.
In addition, a wireless communication system has been installed, rural fire stations have been upgraded and a register of of vehicles to deal with fires.