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Together we can Reach our Goals!

Let's keep our local firefighters safe on the road!

Thank you for visiting this page and listening to our story as to why we are joining together as a community to raise funds for our local volunteer firefighters.

Some of our new families may not know this, but every year our local firefighters visit St Catherine’s Lower School children in their big red fire truck and talk to them in their classrooms, show them their uniforms and tell them all about their important job; the same team talk to our teenagers in assemblies about the importance of respecting fires; and train and educate our staff year in, year out, to be quick in making wise confident decisions in the case of a fire, to ensure all our students and staff are safe. Remember, they are volunteers! To them, protecting human life, property and the natural environment is their calling, and they have been doing this for the last 21 years.

Let me introduce you to Kimon Pantelides, the driving force behind the team, not just the Fire Chief of our local fire station, but a member of our family, our own alumnus.

Kimon and his team are our local volunteer Firefighters (Volunteer Forest Firefighters Rescuers, OEDD), who answer emergency calls in the areas where most of us or our families and friends live: Ekali; Kifissia; Nea Erytheia; Lykovrissi; Dionissos; Anoixi; Aghios Stefano & Krioneri.... to name a few..... this year it included Evia and wherever they were needed.

As humble as they are, it has recently come to our attention that the team’s rapid intervention vehicle for reaching smaller, vital incidents is not in the best repair. It lacks key pieces of crucial equipment, as it is old and outdated, to really do what it needs to do, and this year it made operations very difficult in reaching incidents with a capacity of men needed to do the job well.  This year in the wildfires in Athens and Evia, it was impossible to reach those smaller areas with the big fire truck and their small pick up was not up to the job. After so many years of always giving back, especially to St Catherine's, Mr Smith asked how can we help?

They work tirelessly for our communities, day in and day out. When catastrophic wildfires or natural disasters strike, many of our fire fighters remain on the front lines, even as their own homes are at risk.  That is why we are reaching out to our community today to help us. On a yearly basis, the kind donations offered by St Catherine's families have helped them to cover operational needs but now, we ask you to help us reach a bigger goal, it is not just to buy a much needed small fire engine to help save lives, but to keep our local firemen safe on the road so they can do their job....

We are not all able to help put out the fires, but what we can do is help by raising funds to help our firefighters do just that and keep them safe on the road so that when they are out there, they are saving lives and not worrying about their fire vehicle and equipment that is too old now to do the job.

Let's make a difference together!

As a school we value those heroes who move quietly amongst us, keeping us safe with their words of wisdom and sharing their education and expertise, teaching us how to be safe.

We take for granted that they have everything they need to get the job done, and I am sure we take for granted that they will do it well in all conditions. This summer was real, in fact it was too real for many families and friends within our community and further afield.

This team represents the volunteer fire fighters in our area, and they respond to over 400 - 500 incidents and emergency calls each year, and they service directly over 44,000 citizens in Kifissia alone, and are on call for the whole of the Attiki and on duty for all of us, including the school 24/7, 365. They respond in minutes and have done with the highest level of certifications and training available.

Remember not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear heavy uniforms, hard hats and boots and really put their lives on the line for us!

Kimon Pantelides, Fire Chief and St Catherine's alumnus, talks to you about why this campaign is important and why your support could really make a difference! Get to know the person behind the vision, the team that supports this amazing effort and have a look at their station area!

Thank you for your support

Every donation is important!

Thank you for supporting this very worthy cause!

Your support will support the team to get to where they need to go faster, more efficiently keeping all our community, friends, families and animals safe .......

Let's also keep our firemen safe on the road together!

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