Fire chief dies on wildfire in Greece

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At least two media sources are reporting a fatality on a wildfire in Greece. From Ekathimerini news:

Firemen from Gythio, in the southern Peloponnese, on Monday recovered the charred remains of the 49-year-old head of the regional fire service from the site of a blaze on forest land in the area of Vathy.

According to firemen in the first engine dispatched to the scene, Constantinos Kastris disembarked from the vehicle and ordered the driver to return with backup as the blaze was larger than anticipated.

When the firemen returned, they found the fire chief’s charred corpse. Kastris is the first firefighter to have died in the line of duty since huge fires ravaged central Greece and the Peloponnese in the summer of 2007, killing 84 people including nine firefighters.

Monday’s blaze in Vathy – which spread quickly, fanned by strong winds – had been extinguished by late afternoon.

Our sincere condolences go out to Chief Kastris’ family and coworkers.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.