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Fire service to receive upgraded vehicles

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By the end of the year, 18 new vehicles will upgrade the firefighting and rescue fleet, director of the fire services Marcos Trangolas said on Friday.

Of those, 16 will be available by the end of June, he added.

In a statement after a visit from Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou to the Nicosia headquarters Trangolas thanked the minister for his support and talked about the effectiveness of the fire brigade.

“It has been stressed, in particular, that the effectiveness of the fire brigade and all the services involved has been quite satisfactory to date,” he said. “We assured the minister that the degree of preparedness of the fire services will remain at the highest level.”

Trangolas once again stressed that this summer will be difficult. There have already been days with high temperatures and strong winds when fires have broken out.

We need to be in constant readiness in June, he added, but in August there are even more problems because of higher temperatures and stronger wind.

He called on the public to inform the fire services about any fires and suspicious movements, mentioning that because of information the firefighters received on Thursday it was possible to arrest a person in Limassol who is likely an arsonist.

The hardest thing, the fire chief noted, is to link suspects to the scene and to prove in court they are guilty.

Responding to a question, he said the department has already started to receive some of the 10 fast-track and all-terrain vehicles and will receive four more trucks next week. By the end of June the services will have 16 new trucks plus a 32-metre hydraulic platform and a chemical vehicle.

The justice minister congratulated Trangolas and his team on behalf of the president for their tireless efforts in responding to all fires.

Regarding the means of fighting fires by air, Nicolaou said he is satisfied with the readiness of aircraft.

“It seems that we have a sufficient number of aircraft to respond to incidents, despite problems that may occur at times, which are unpredictable, where a helicopter may not be able to fly,” he said.

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