Israel prepares to dispatch firefighters to blaze-stricken Greece


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Israel prepares to dispatch firefighters to blaze-stricken Greece
15 crew members and large supply of firefighting chemicals could be sent as early as Friday, with tankers possibly to follow, as brushfires expected to worsen
By TOI staff and Agencies
5 August 2021

Israeli firefighters are preparing to be dispatched to Greece to join in an international effort to douse massive wildfires raging across southern Europe, the Fire and Rescue Authority said on Thursday. Fueled by one of the worst heatwaves in decades and largely blamed on climate change, more than 110 wildfires have been raging in Greece, threatening homes north of Athens and ancient archaeological treasures, and forcing tens of thousands of flee, with officials predicting that the flames will only grow as winds pick up on Friday.

Israeli fire chief Dedy Simhi spoke to his Greek counterpart and offered to send 15 firefighters and “a large amount of fire retardant material,” the fire service said in a statement. Firefighting planes may also be sent to Greece “later in the week,” the service said. Israel “intends to deploy [the firefighters] as soon as Friday, so that members of the Israeli delegation can immediately join international aid efforts for the country going up in flames,” the service said.