Costs of rescue operations: Recklessness is expensive
Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of euros could be saved from the state budget each summer if hikers and walkers avoided crossing the gorges and mountains of the island wearing a pair of flip flops!
These funds would not have been spent if the elderly and those with serious health problems had not chosen to remember their glorious years of youth, going through gorges and cliffs. But also if the organizers of these excursions informed the "inexperienced explorers" of the real conditions and difficulties one might encounter in Cretan nature.
Every year in Crete many rescues and injuries would have been avoided if these individuals had the proper equipment, proper information about their operation, and awareness of their abilities.
The Fire Department officials were asked about how much it would cost for a rescue that could have been avoided if the holiday-makers were more careful and responsible.
It is striking that the use of helicopters in Crete, which is involved in search and rescue operations, amounts to € 20,000 a day. "Of course in some cases the helicopter has to fly.
It is natural to want to discover and pass through our rare beauty canyons. But all of this must be done with responsibility, with the proper equipment and with a sense of reality of our capabilities,” says a firefighter who has been involved in dozens of searches and rescues.
His colleague remembers many incidents, even with 85-year-olds abandoning their forces in an attempt to cross a canyon, where people half their age find it difficult. “We had this kind of event this summer.
An 85-year-old Finn wanted to cross a canyon in Kissamos, but his forces abandoned him, he had no water and was dehydrated. The team for transporting the man safely was mobilized, and properly mobilized, but that could have been avoided."
This summer he also had to fly with the helicopter to find, as a source at the firefighter put it, a tourist who wanted to hike in the Richti Gorge wearing rubber slippers."
According to estimates, in addition to the 20,000 euros a day for helicopters, there is also a lot of money needed for research and travel. "On average they needed around 1,500 euros a day, without calculating staff staying overnight.
This amount is derived from the fuel needed to transport personnel, transport the dog and its vehicle, our being off-site and the resulting deterioration is calculated differently. Overnight stay is much more expensive for rescue teams."
It is estimated that 45 rescues took place on the island from the beginning of the season until a few days ago, with their numbers diminishing greatly in winter.
Safety plan changes
But beyond the cost of any rescue, firefighters say that every search and rescue plan has an overturn on the safety plan that is in place during the firefight.
"Of the teams that will take part in a rescue operation some of them are on alert duty and at specific positions, as planned.
If, when a team leaves its post, there is a fire, the intervention will not be immediate, as there will be no forces.
From: https://www.patris.gr/2019/08/30/kostov ... ei-akriva/