The Fire Department is warning the public over emergency preparedness drills focusing on evacuation and rescues during earthquakes, saying fire trucks rushing up and down should be no cause for alarm.
According to the Cyprus Fire Service, the Disaster Response Special Unit (EMAK) will be carrying out emergency drills on evacuation rehearsals for buildings that collapsed due to earthquakes or other disasters, with the operation taking place in Zygi, a coastal town in Larnaca district.
Officials took to Facebook to warn the public as fire trucks and other emergency vehicles were expected to be seen rushing on public roads on Monday, April 19 between 8:30am and 7pm.
Similar drills will take place during the same hours on April 21, 22, and 28, while the final exercise on May 5 will take place between 8am and 10pm.
Search and rescue operations after an earthquake, natural disaster, or other catastrophic event, are listed at the top of the list for EMAK, a unit based in Kofinou but operational all over the Republic of Cyprus.