27.05.2017

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Bases fire chiefs urge vigilance as Cyprus heats up

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British Forces Cyprus fire chiefs have sent out a stern warning to the Sovereign Base Areas community to be more vigilant this year with the fire season fast-approaching. The wet winter has ensured that much of the island has seen its plant life flourish and with weather experts predicting soaring temperatures over the next few weeks, it will lead to very dry conditions and an increased fire risk. Already this year, the Defence Fire and Risk Management Organisation have been called to numero

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Man sets fire to palm tree, customs warehouse damaged

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Police are trying to locate a man who set palm trees on fire that spread onto a customs warehouse in Limassol early Friday and damaging goods and cars kept inside. Police said they were alerted at around 1.50am that a man had set a palm tree on fire in Serifos Street, and that a few minutes later two more palm trees in the same area that were next to the fence of the customs warehouse were also on fire. The flames spread onto a building located on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue and damaged confis

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Forestry Department running on fumes

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MPs in Cyprus have heard how the Forestry Department is low on staff numbers and equipment as the summer fire season begins to take hold across the island. According to officials, new equipment will only start being purchased in 2018 while the airplanes belonging to the Forestry Department were last inspected by the Department of Civil Aviation in 2015. Since 2015, the civil aviation essentially washed its hands of the planes and now refuses to handle the aircraft. Of the 250 vehicles that

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Cameras, radio and aircraft to boost fire-fighting

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NEW measures, including cameras, radio systems and aircraft rentals will be implemented soon that will help improve the effectiveness of fire-fighting in addition to those systems already in place, it was announced on Friday. One of the new measures is the purchase of two cameras which will be used to constantly monitor  rural areas and fires and will transmit live images to the crisis management centre in Larnaca which is already up and running and to mobile crisis centres which will be set u

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Fire in Geri put under control

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A fire which broke out at 4:40 pm in an area between Aronas and Geri in the District of Nicosia has been put under control. The fire burned 1.5 acres of private land which was covered in wheat and wild bushes, before being put under control at 5:30 pm. Five men and two fire trucks of the Forestry Department were used to counter the fire, with the cause of the fire still being determined.

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Fire fighters begin summer preparations

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Fire fighters on Troodos were involved an exercise drill on Tuesday as they prepare for yet another busy summer within the island’s woodland areas. With temperatures already high, Fire Services officials are taking no chances as they look to avoid another Solea fire scenario this year. To that add, Deputy Fire Services Operations Chief Marcos Tragkolas told state radio on Tuesday morning that around 200 personnel were involved in the ‘Laillaba 2017’ drill. “As one can understand, we are alre

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Blaze breaks out at Bennigan’s in Nicosia

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Initial indications point to a fire at popular Nicosia eatery Bennigan’s being started at a fryer in its kitchen. No one was injured in the blaze but extensive damage was caused to that area of the restaurant in Engomi. According to the Fire Service, it was alerted to the scene at 3.05pm on Monday. The fire was soon brought under control, but not before causing extensive damage around the area where it broke out. Investigations are continuing but so far point to the blaze being caused by

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One dead, two injured as fire scorches woodland near Athens

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One person died and two others were injured when a fire fanned by an early heatwave tore through a forested area in a town near Athens on Sunday, the fire brigade said. TV pictures showed plumes of smoke rising above the town of Agioi Theodoroi, some 65 km (40 miles) west of Athens, as the fire burned through large areas of woodland. Rescuers recovered a body burned beyond recognition, and at least two homes were charred in the blaze. Several dozen firefighters with 32 fire engines and six a

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