Members of the Alicante Provincial Consortium of Fire Fighters agreed on Monday to refuse to do overtime until December 1st as a protest at the precariousness of the service, due to the lack of personnel and their increasing average age.
In the Vega Baja this affects Almoradí, Orihuela and Torrevieja.
This is not the first pressure they have tried to exert over the Provincial Council in order to find a solution. The stops that they held between November 7th and 11th in various stations forced Almoradí to be closed several times for lack of staff; in Orihuela on all five days the workers were all over 50 years old and the mountain rescue service was not covered.
After these five days of action they met with the Provincial Council but said they had been far from finding a solution. For example, there were 30 new appointments announced for 2017 but only 10 of these will be fire fighters and they will be covered by part timers. The Workers Committee says that more than 100 new fire fighters are needed next year just to cover the places of those who are aged over 55.