IOCC & Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to
Assist Greece with Fire Fighting Equipment
Nikos Nikolakopoulos, a fire fighter of Pyrgos, Greece, lost three colleagues to the wildfires of 2007. Through a $118,000 grant from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, IOCC will provide over 200 fire shelters to the Pyrgos Fire Department. The fire shelters provide increased protection from heat and are used in entrapment situations such as those that claimed the lives of the firemen. This latest assistance is part of IOCC’s comprehensive $2 million package of aid to the Peloponnese since 2007. (photo credit: D.Djukic/IOCC Greece)
September 23, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland (IOCC) — Last summer, Greece’s Peloponnese region lost thousands of acres and livestock to the worst wildfires in 100 years. Among those who lost their lives were three firemen. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has been developing new and innovative ways to assist the Peloponnese to combat wildfires during its dry hot summers. Through a new $118,000 grant from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, IOCC will help the Pyrgos Fire Department, which serves the most damaged areas, to improve safety and enhance their ability to combat wildfires.

IOCC will provide over 200 fire shelters and train fire fighters on how to use the equipment. The fire shelters provide increased protection from radiant and convective heat and are used in wild land entrapment situations such as those that claimed the lives of the three firemen.

IOCC is also completing its final shipment of nearly 60 metric tons of forage seed to Peloponnese farmers. The forage seed, suitable for the region’s dry hot climate, will help restore the grazing lands that were devastated by last summer’s wildfires. The delivery of forage seed will complete the activities of the $1.6 million grant given by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America earlier in the year. The forage seed, animal feed, and this latest assistance of fire shelters, are part of IOCC’s comprehensive $2 million package of aid to the Peloponnese.

IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented over $275 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.

Media contact: Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Media Relations, 443-823-3489, rtierney@iocc.org

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