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Transportation of powerful firefighting forces to the wildfires of Samos, Karpathos and Rhodes by SEAJETS


Immediate was the response of SEAJETS to the requests for help in extinguishing the three big fires in Samos and Rhodes during the summer of 2021.

  • – After a request from the General Secretariat of Civil Protection and Deputy Ministry of Civil Protection and Crisis Management and in consultation with the Minister of Shipping I. Plakiotakis, SEAJETS offered the free ferry transport of the firefighting forces. The AQUA JEWEL departed within 2 hours of the briefing, at 01:00 in the morning of Friday 16 July, and arrived in Samos transporting 67 firefighters and 27 vehicles.
  • – Ten days later, with the same immediacy, SEAJETS responded to a similar request on Monday, July 26, where it transported from Crete to Karpathos with the Paros Jet firefighters and vehicles that successfully managed to extinguish the fire.
  • – The following week, SEAJETS also directly helped to extinguish the fire in Rhodes. After telephone communication with the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Mr. Nikos Hardalias, and the Minister of Shipping, Ms. Ioannis Plakiotakis, SEAJETS chartered the ship Olympus and offered free transport of the fire brigade from Piraeus to Rhodes. Olympus arrived in Rhodes carrying 60 firefighters and 25 vehicles, early on the morning of Monday 2 August 2021.

Mr. Marios Iliopoulos, Strategic Planning and Development Manager of SEAJETS stated: «We accepted the request of the transfer of the firefighting forces to Rhodes late on Sunday night. With coordinated moves we managed to charter and prepare the ship to transport the powerful firefighting forces within an hour when the fire trucks and firefighters arrived at the port of Piraeus. We will always bel present with selflessness regarding the environment, the extraordinary and urgent incidents, safety and the needs of our local Aegean communities”.

SEAJETS stands out for its constant dedication to dealing with the emergency needs that arise in the Greek islands and in matters related to health, protection, education, sports, culture, and the environment. We offer comprehensive solutions to support island communities during difficult times and to respond to the special conditions and needs that arise in times of crisis or disaster.