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Formentera fire brigade teams up with forest services and safety force on simulation drill

foto bombers 2018 1Formentera's corps of firefighters were joined by agents of the Balearic forest service and civil protection volunteers as they battled a simulated forest fire near a plot of land known as sa Roqueta.

Four firefighters and a forest service worker were on hand for the exercise, which began at 12 noon and had finished by 2.00pm. It included six service vehicles—two from the fire brigade's fleet; one from the civil protection force, equipped with a trailer carrying the force's mobile command central; and three belonging to the forest service.

The exercise was aimed at improving preparedness and coordination in wildfires requiring a joint emergency service response.

Swelling forests have so far followed a particularly wet winter, making such speed- and coordination-enhancing exercises all the more important. As a fire safety measure, fires are prohibited in rural and wooded parts of the island from May 1 to October 1.

Formentera aprova bonificacions per als vehicles híbrids

foto ple abril 2018 1El Consell de Formentera ha celebrat aquest divendres el Ple ordinari del mes de maig, una sessió on ha destacat l’aprovació per unanimitat de vàries propostes per bonificar els vehicle híbrids, així com una proposta reclamant al Govern de l'Estat que cobreixi la plaça del funcionari del Servei Públic d'Ocupació Estatal (SEPE).

En quant a les bonificacions per vehicles híbrids, aquestes cerquen afavorir la mobilitat sostenible i consisteixen en bonificar al 50% l'impost sobre vehicles de tracció mecànica als cotxes híbrids, una bonificació que, en el cas dels vehicles elèctrics ja s’aplica amb una reducció del 75%. Així mateix, els híbrids també tindran una reducció del 50% en l’accés a Illetes i en l’aparcament de la Plaça Europa d’es Pujols. En el cas dels abonaments, siguin anuals, mensuals o setmanals, la bonificació per a cotxes elèctrics serà del 75% i per als híbrids del 50%.

D’altra banda, i en quant a la proposta reclamant al Govern de l'Estat que cobreixi la plaça del funcionari del SEPE, la consellera de Benestar Social, Vanessa Parellada, ha reclamat que es torni a comptar amb un funcionari fix a Formentera, de manera que es pugui donar el mateix servei que a la resta d’illes i es comptin amb els mateixos recursos que a la resta de la comunitat.

Altres proposicions
El Ple del Consell també ha aprovat, amb el suport de tots els grups, la proposta de Gent per Formentera (GxF) relativa a sol·licitar al Govern central que compleixi amb els acords signats en el Pacte d'Istanbul i es destinin recursos a la lluita contra la violència de gènere, fomentant la conscienciació i la perspectiva de gènere en tots els àmbits.

També s’han aprovat per unanimitat la proposta de GxF de demanar a Correus la reobertura de les oficines de Sant Ferran, el Pilar de la Mola i la Savina, així com la proposta socialista relativa a la instal·lació de banys públics a Can Marroig.

Formentera projects police force to grow by 6 this summer

Foto junta seguretat 2018Vice-president Susana Labrador chaired a morning session of the island's Junta de Seguretat which was marked by the absence of administration chief Jaume Ferrer, on leave tending to health concerns, and the presence of Balearic envoy Maria Salom.

Others in attendance were the secretaries of the president's office, mobility and social welfare (Bartomeu Escandell, Rafael González and Vanessa Parellada, respectively), spokespersons of the island's distinct political parties, and representatives of the Guardia Civil, national and local law enforcement and civil protection corps.

Council officials say they hope to see six new officers added to Formentera's local police force in a selection process which, now concluded, drew some forty candidates. The meeting of the Junta also served as a sounding board for other issues —toughened stances on home break-ins, wildfires and vehicle fires— of concern to local residents.

Salom hailed what she called a “teamwork attitude” in the approach taken to safety on the island. She called a “tourist magnet” and highlighted “the positive vision Madrid disposes for the Balearics and Formentera”. The plan at the ministry level, said Salom, is to continue a two-year-old programme in which agents of the Italian carabinieri are dispatched to Formentera to provide additional summertime support.

Car fire breaks out on Can Marroig road

Foto incendi 2018 1Early this morning local firefighters put out a small blaze that destroyed a car and scorched a small area of forest.

At 3.35am the fire brigade received notification via telephone that a fire had broken out on a road in Can Marroig abutting s'Estany des Peix. The response team included three firefighters, two vehicles and a Guardia Civil unit. Both the vehicle and two square metres of forest floor occupied by Savina juniper and bushes were incinerated. The team had extinguished the blaze entirely by 4.45am.

The Guardia Civil is currently leading an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Formentera fire brigade head to Eivissa for weekend training programme

Foto Bombers 2018 1Three members of Formentera's fire brigade will take part this weekend in a training programme for firefighters and health professionals. Now in its eleventh year, the annual event will draw emergency response workers, firefighters and health professionals from an array of Spanish provinces when it takes place on Eivissa.

As the classes play out today and tomorrow (Saturday) in the former home of the Sant Rafel convent, instruction will centre on managing traffic accidents, victims of multiple traumas, fires, building collapses and, among others, hazardous cargo. Common to each situation is an underlying need for cross-cutting coordination and participation among multiple teams of emergency response workers in the service of a single goal: improving effective response and reducing mortality and lethality of accidents.

The course is designed and facilitated by the experienced firefighters and healthcare educators making up the Emergency Staff company's corps of emergency aid instructors.

Electrical fire simulation at es Ca Marí power station
On a different note, Formentera's firefighters took part today in an exercise at the es Ca Marí power plant involving a simulated fire. A call from the 112 emergency phone service came through on the local brigade's line at 11.17am. The crew was informed of a simulated generator fire at the plant and told to execute their response imagining es Ca Marí's on-site equipment had failed. Two officers and one truck were enlisted in the exercise and flames were controlled and extinguished by 11.45am. Such interventions are generally conducted once yearly as part of the power plant's safety protocol.

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