The Military Emergencies Unit (UME) came to the Vega Baja today (Monday, September 19th) with 400 soldiers and 120 military vehicles to perform various manoeuvres to improve their response capacity in an emergency situation. The UME is part of the Spanish Armed Forces which has duties including fighting forest fires, floods, earthquakes and all kinds of rescues and searches in disasters.
They arrived in Bigastro, where they will be based until Friday and will carry out their exercises there and in Redován.
In Redován they will practise mountain rescues, because of the conditions of the different rock faces that the sierra has there. These will take place in the day and at night, whatever the weather may be, to make the experience as realistic as possible.
They will also perform exercises in the Industrial Estate, which will focus on saving people in a possible flood or searching for people in a disaster.
It is also possible that the UME will engage in unexpected activities in other parts of the Vega Baja but this is being kept a secret by the military.
To conclude the week, on Thursday, September 22nd from 6pm the UME will put on an exhibition in the Plaza Miguel Hernández in Redován. The soldiers will show how they go about their work as well as the equipment and vehicles they use, including fire engines and showing how a dog search and rescue team work. This event is open to everyone of all ages.