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Fire Fighters Fight British Global Warming In Greece

by | 3rd, November 2008

FIRE FIGHTERS have been to Greece to learn to tackle bush fires – because of fears over global warming.

A team of 40 firefighters from around the UK were sent on a two-week, £473-a-head camp-site trip to the village of Rizomata – where temperatures hit a record 44C in the summer, says the Manchester Evening News.

The jaunt was organised after a report said climate change could lead to severe grassland and forest fires in the UK.

One firefighter later described the trip as a “waste of money”.

Admittedly not as attractive as a Greek camp site, but any fire brigade with a Pennine moorland stretch in its area could have hosted a bigger, a better, and brighter bash for a work-experience trip.

Every year moorland gamekeepers burn off part of their heather. It is an October to April routine which forces the heather to regrow and support grouse…the favourite game bird of the idle rich who wish to slaughter the birds from organised butt-shoots. (There’s another area to sink your teeth).

Now and then they get out of hand, or a careless visitor sets off an uncontrolled fire, and fire teams are needed.

Each is in a difficult and arduous spot to get to…perfect training areas….but no sun tans. In fact it is the opposite…and fire chiefs should have pointed out almost all major bush fires are NEVER successfully conquered by fire fighters.

The fire teams protect property and hold the blaze at bay… No, a wind change or rain does it every time…wherever they are. Rain water or a pint at a moorland pub is also cheaper to drink than ouzo.

In the UK:

The month ahead will start on a rather wintry note for late October, with daytime temperatures more akin to what would be expected on a December day!


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