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19 June, 2024
 
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Cyprus adds six new firefighting aircraft to its arsenal

Government teams up with international partners to enhance fire response

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Cyprus has enhanced its firefighting capabilities with the addition of six new aircraft, announced the Department of Forests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Environment on Tuesday.

In a joint statement by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Defence, it was revealed that two Air Tractor AT802 aircraft have arrived from Argentina, with two more expected from Australia later in the day.

This achievement follows the successful lease agreements for four aircraft, with the cost of two of them covered by the EU RescEU mechanism.

The effective coordination and cooperation between several ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Interior and the National Guard, facilitated this significant addition to Cyprus' firefighting resources.

Additionally, Cyprus secured the concession of two helicopters with a 17-member crew from Egypt, expected to arrive shortly, further strengthening the nation's firefighting capabilities.

According to the statement, collaboration with neighboring countries, including the stationing of Jordanian helicopters on the island, underscores the positive outcomes of Cyprus' foreign policy initiatives.

Once crews undergo necessary training and final checks are completed, the new aircraft will be ready for immediate deployment in combating wildfires.

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