Just got back from the Fire Department! It’s like a bee hive there with our men coming and going, loading up their fire trucks and setting off back up to the mountain.
The good news is that the fires are now UNDER CONTROL!!
However, we are still not out of danger. Planes are still making rounds with water, bombing the areas. There are about 15 fronts in the two areas of Agala and Keri. Some are still burning whilst others have been put out completely.
Speaking to one of our local firemen, who had not left the station since yesterday, he explained that “it will take quite a few days to make sure the fires won’t cause any more problems. The fire have burnt quite a large area and we need to keep on top of that so there’s no reigniting”
Whilst at the station there were quite a few Zakynthos Informer members who arrived with food, water and coffee. Thomas Cook staff had read our notice and turned up with a van load of stuff. An English couple who live permanently on the Island also turned up in their van and started unloading their gifts. Even when I pulled up at the station there was an expat unloading his car! Last night with in the hour of our notice going up the Sentido Alexander Beach Hotel sent food and water. We’ve even had telephone calls and messages from our members overseas asking what they can do. It is definitely overwhelming.
So many people coming together it’s amazing! I was at the supermarket buying our men some croissants and packets of coffee and as I was standing at the till a volunteer, Katerina offered to pay for all the items. It’s this type of community spirit that makes you feel that, although through thedevastation, there’s hope!
As the next few days are going to be difficult for our firemen let’s show our support, they deserve every bit of it!! You may not have had time to stop in and say hi to our men. However, over the next 15 days or so they will still need our support.
Zakynthos Informer would like to thank all our members for their compassion and support towards our Fire Department once again. Go Volunteers.