Tsipras Establishing a National Emergency Response Service Following Attica Fires


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  announced on Thursday that a National Emergency Response Service is to be established to replace the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

The decision was made following the fatal Attica wildfires last month that killed 93 people, while many are still in the hospital with injuries.

The goals of establishing a National Emergency Response Service is to streamline the integration of crisis services, research institutes and voluntary teams that will answer to the direct authority of the Interior Ministry.

A budget of 500 million euros has been allocated to the new body. Funding will be provided by the European Investment Bank, the EU-subsidized National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and the National Investment Program.

Representatives of the fire department, ambulance, police, Hellenic Red Cross, coast guard, military, Forestry Service, as well as research institutes and volunteers are expected to interact with the newly established body.

It is not yet known who will be running the new National Emergency Response Service, however, Tsipras said that the individual will have proven experience and be competent scientifically.