As far as local action is concerned, Philadelphia Volunteers Association collaborates with the Municipality of N. Philadelphia.
The geographical field in which the Association acts, is the County that N. Philadelphia Municipality belongs to.
For reasons of ethics and transparency all information concerning the Association is presented in this website.
Association groups have been created, each one performing a particular
action. Our volunteers join, respectively, the group that represents them
The main action field of the Association is "Forest Protection" in the N. Philadelphia and Parnitha mountain.
So far, the association has received the following donations:
- Small cash donations or donations of equipment from Supporters of the Association, referred to as Sponsors in our website.
- One (1) donation of firefighting equipment donated by the Latsis Foundation.
- One (1) Financial contribution by the City of N. Philadelphia intended for the purchase of a small fire brigade vehicle.
Main actions of the Philadelphia Volunteers are:
- Since November 2003 and every summer a group of volunteers has been carrying out forest protection patrols in the New Philadelphia Park area which covers 423 acres - 1/4 the size of the city.
- In 2009 an emergency team was formed aiming at immediate action during crisis situations that might emerge.
- Since May 2009, and throughout each fire season, a team mans the fire lookout station at Mola - Parnitha Mountain overnight once a week.
For every action, a corresponding Plan has been established:
Philadelphia Volunteers participate in the SNO (County Coordinating Body) as far as confrontation of extreme weather conditions is concerned.
Other actions in which we have been involved are:
During the winter months...
- We carry out afforestation projects to enhance the flora of our city. Morevoer we participate in afforestation projects organized by neighboring municipalities in the surrounding mountains.
- We provide training courses related to Forest Protection, First Aid and Environmental Protection.
Identity of the Association:
The association is recognized by the Athens Court Decision No. 2812/2006 and has been included in the Register of Voluntary Civil Protection Organizations with registration number 14/2007.
The total number of volunteer members of the Association so far is 80, while the association currently has 54 volunteer members.
The Association is managed by a Board of 7 members with force of 3 years.
The first board of the Association was elected on 19.11.2006.
The second board of the Association was elected on 13.12.2009.
The Association is open to ideas and suggestions and its members are willing to
help in whatever activity is addressed to the local community.
The Association has set itself the target of obtaining a small firefighting vehicle for direct respond to fire events at any point of surveillance. Since this target requires a lot of money, we addressed at large commercial enterprises with respected financial standing, unfortunately with no response.
Therefore, we decided to create a new revenue code where private cash donations and donations coming from our members will correspond to.
When we finally accomplish our target, it will be a great achievement and we will be able to offer more with regards to our forest protection action.
translated by Effie Bagourdi