RAF Akrotiri Helicopter help tackle wildfire
Cyprus

RAF helicopters help tackle wildfire in Cyprus

Two Griffin helicopters joined local authorities to fight the fires in the Limassol district.

RAF Akrotiri Helicopter help tackle wildfire

Personnel from 84 Squadron, based at RAF Akrotiri, who are specialists in search and rescue and fighting fire, have been helping local authorities in Cyprus tackle a wildfire in the Limassol district. 

The two Griffin helicopters have been fighting the fire from the air, along with offering refuelling services to other aircraft involved in the firefighting effort. 

Station Commander Group Captain Nikki Thomas has praised her personnel for their efforts and says her thoughts are with everyone affected by the fires.

RAF Akrotiri Helicopter help tackle wildfires
RAF helicopters have been working with local authorities in Cyprus to put out wildfires (Picture: RAF Akrotiri).

Several villages in the area have been evacuated and it has been confirmed that four people have died in the fire. 

Cyprus has been experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees over the last week. 

Cover image: RAF Akrotiri/Twitter.