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UK firefighters tackling Greek wildfires arrive home


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The 21-strong team of UK firefighters deployed to help tackle the wildfires in Greece have now arrived safely back in the UK.

The team had been in Greece for seven days following a request from the Home Secretary to the National Fire Chiefs Council to send support to Greece.

Fire Minister Lord Greenhalgh said: “I am extremely grateful to our team of 21 firefighters from across the UK who supported the Greek emergency services in responding to the wildfires. As they safety return home, I would like to thank them for their vital contribution to improving the situation in Greece.”

Mark Hardingham, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, commented: “I am incredibly proud of the National Resilience team of firefighters and officers who have worked tirelessly in Greece. They have worked under arduous conditions in soaring heat, with their sole priority being the protection of lives, property and the wider environment.

“This just goes to show how adaptable, professional and passionate UK firefighters are about their roles; regardless of who needs their help they are always ready, willing and able.

In addition to those who went to Greece we had many other firefighters from across the UK volunteering if further assistance was required.

“The entire country can be proud of the role the highly skilled and professional team played and I look forward to welcoming them home on their safe return. The situation in Greece remains serious and we are on standby to offer further assistance, as and when required.”

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