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Bases donate fire trucks to local communities

Panayiotis Papadopoulos Platres receives the keys of the Platres fire truck from Dr Phillip Rushbrook the Chief Officer of the Sovereign Base Areas

By Staff Reporter

The British bases has donated two more fire trucks to the local communities of Platres and Episkopi.

In the past month the bases have given a total of six fire truck to various communities to help villages protect themselves during the dangerous summer fire season, it said. The trucks were handed over by Dr Phillip Rushbrook the Chief Officer of the bases.

At the presentation in Episkopi Pavlos Pouris, the Episkopi community leader said that in the previous season when seven fires were burning in the area it took longer than usual to get help to put out a fire close to Episkopi village.

“We are grateful to the bases for this fire truck which will be a great help to our community in an emergency.,” he said. “The gift strengthens the relationships between the bases and the Episkopi community; you will always have friends here.”

In Platres the final fire truck was accepted by Panayiotis Papadopoulos. During the ceremony he said that the truck would be used for more than just helping with fires explaining that frequent landslides in winter blocked the roads and that the high pressure water jets on the fire truck would be used to quickly clear these obstructions. He expanded on the close ties with the military throughout the years and thanked Dr Rushbrook for the much appreciated donation.

Present at both ceremonies was the Episkopi Bases fire station manager, Neophytos Neophytou who has organised training for volunteers from each of the six villages that have been given a fire truck.

During the Platres presentation he offered to help with further crew training if required. He said “These fire trucks will save property, lives and money. Tackling a fire before it gets out of control is vital; these trucks give our local communities this capability.”

Each fire truck has been completely renovated by the bases fire services and are valued at approximately €9,000 euro each.

The trucks are have a 4×4 capability allowing them to access the most remote areas and are equipped with a high power water cannon and a reservoir of 250 litres.

Each vehicle is operated by a two man crew.


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