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Fire safety enhancements planned for UNESCO-listed Samos site

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Samos archaeological site to receive advanced fire safety upgrades

The Ministry of Culture has announced the completion of a fire safety study aimed at protecting the Heraion archaeological site on Samos, an island in the eastern Aegean.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992, Heraion will benefit from both active and passive fire protection measures to combat potential damages from extreme weather events, a concern that has grown with the impact of climate change.

The plan outlines the development of an extensive fire safety system within the site and its eight surrounding structures.

Notably, the strategy includes the construction of a permanent firefighting water supply network, which is expected to greatly enhance the site’s resilience against fire threats.

Details of the fire safety implementation

Key components of the proposed fire safety infrastructure involve the creation of an underground pumping station and a large water tank.

This setup is designed to ensure a reliable supply of water in case of fire, reflecting a proactive approach to safeguard the valuable historical site.

IFSJ Comment

The Ministry of Culture’s initiative to enhance fire safety at the Heraion of Samos is a testament to Greece’s dedication to cultural preservation and disaster risk management.

This project is a crucial step in safeguarding not only a significant archaeological site but also the broader historical narrative it represents.

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