larger the extent of fires in Greece relative to the European average
spent annually on firefighting
Greece emerges as ineffective compared to peers in coping with forest fires
Greece over the period 2008-2017 had had a below the average number of fires per 1,000 Ha of non-urban land but the largest area burnt per forest fire, at27.94 Ha.
Greece appears to have a good prevention, but a poor firefighting record amongst its South European peers.
Greece is spending below the average amongst Southern EU countries for overall fire protection per 1,000 Ha of non urban land
Climatic differences is the largest single determining factor of the frequency of forest fires but not of their extent. Greece suffers more fire damage than its climatic conditions and government spending would imply
The quantity and mix of resources appears to have a bearing on the effect of fires, with mechanised fire protection achieving more. Greece is partially under-resourced in mechanical firefighting means, and overall ineffective in fire protection
There are strong indications that political events severely affect the effectiveness of firefighting in Greece. The impact difference can be attributed to the “relaxation” of the firefighting mechanism in the pre and immediate post election period
There is a need to establish a new set of policies and rules to reduce the extent of the fires