WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Firefighters from Rhode Island have been busy training some visiting counterparts from Greece.

The Westerly Fire Department and others have formed a partnership with the Athens-based Union of Hellenic Fire Service Volunteers. Organizers say it's helping to equip Greek firefighters with new skills.

Makis Tsiougris, president of the Greek volunteer firefighter group, tells The Westerly Sun that training opportunities are scant in Greece.

Tsigouris says he and the other Greeks participating in the sessions feel "fortunate and very thankful."

About two dozen Greek firefighters came to Rhode Island this past week for intensive instruction. Watch Hill Fire Lt. Christopher Koretski and other state firefighting officials say improving cultural understanding is an added benefit.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com