We expect that today we will begin reconnaissance activities and we will be ready to enter the action as soon as it is possible – said in Radio RMF24.pl Polish firefighters’ commander in Greece Brigadier Michal Langner. He added that the situation was extremely difficult, but each of the firefighters went through an equally difficult training process.
On Saturday a group of 143 Polish firefighters and 46 vehicles set off for Greece. These are two modules for extinguishing forest fires from the ground using vehicles. The group is to support Greek services battling the fires raging there for almost two weeks.
“We expect that still today we will begin reconnaissance activities and we will be ready to enter the action as soon as it is possible” – said in an interview with Radio RMF24.pl Michał Langer. The column reached Greece late on Monday evening. The firefighters spent the night at a former military base – about 40km from the Bulgarian border – in the town of Seres, where they refuelled and prepared to continue their journey.
On Tuesday morning. the firefighters left for the port of Glif, from where they will reach the northeastern part of the island of Euboea by ferry at around 4 p.m. of the local time.
The firefighter admitted that the situation on the ground is extremely difficult. The training process is also extremely difficult,” he adds.
In a conversation with Tomasz Weryński, Michał Langner explains that such an away team in the State Fire Service has been built up for 10 years, so each of the firefighters – apart from the fact that they have undergone special training – also uses their experience of working as firefighters in the country.