Summer outpost opened in Pilar de la Horadada to improve response time

The Alicante Provincial Council is setting up and Emergency prevention and action plan  to cover the Vega Sur area of Torrevieja, Pilar de la Horadada, San Miguel de Salinas, Los Montesinos and Orihuela Costa.

The increase in population in the summer means, among other things, more traffic which can slow response times. It also required greater vigilance and having emergency services near to natural spaces.

Deputy for Emergencies Jaume Lloret said in a few weeks 20 extra fire fighters will be sent to the Vega Sur area, increasing the total from 36 to 56 with up to 11 on duty per shift and a minimum of 8, when the current number is 6.

The summer fire brigade outpost in Pilar de la Horadada will be opened again, he announced, and they will evaluate the extra traffic at certain times which can cause problems when trying to reach places far away.

Deputy for Tourism Eduardo Dolón said Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa are the epicentre of a tourism hotspot which also particularly affects Pilar de la Horadada, San Miguel de Salinas and Los Montesinos. “With an enormous floating population we understand we have to work together so that visitors can sleep soundly because they know professional emergency services are there in case of any problem,” he said.

The fire brigade in the Vega Sur area have intervened over 200 times from January 1st to April 30th, with 187 in Torrevieja. Of these 85 were fires, including 32 of  urban furniture being set on fire and 9 of vegetation, 6 rural and 2 forest fires.