Royal Air Force helicopters are helping tackle huge fires in Cyprus.
84 Squadron from RAF Akrotiri continue to work with the Republic of Cyprus in efforts to tackle wildfires in the Limassol District, say the RAF.
“Two RAF Griffin helicopters joined the local authorities to fight the fires from the air and offering refuelling to other aircraft involved in the fire-fighting efforts.”
— RAF Akrotiri (@RAFAkrotiri) July 4, 2021
84 Squadron has been stationed overseas since 1920 and is at present a Search and Rescue Squadron using the Bell Griffin HAR.2 helicopter.
It is currently one of the two operational parts of the RAF Search and Rescue Force left in service after the stand-down of the UK effort in October 2015.
Bases firefighters are joining with the Republic of Cyprus as they tackle this fire. We urge everyone in the area of the fire to follow the official safety advice and to stay safe.
— BFCyprus (@bfcyprus) July 3, 2021
According to the RAF website, the Griffin HAR2 is equipped with night-vision goggles and a FLIR/ TV turret, which affords its crews a relevant night capability.
“Owing to the hot, arid climate of its Cyprus base, the HAR2 regularly employs its crucial fire fighting capability across the region. Other capabilities include search and rescue.”