Fire engine drama
Residents at risk as crane vehicle breaks down again
RESIDENTS are at risk in Gandia if they suffer a blaze in a flat above ground-level – the fire brigade's ' rescue crane' has once again broken down.
As a result, the fire engine it is attached to cannot get through its ITV, meaning it is not roadworthy and the brigade is now short of a vehicle.
The crane, used to save people from upper-floor fires or in emergencies where there is no lift and the victim cannot get down the stairs – as well as evacuating people who have died – has broken down repeatedly.
Firefighters have had to travel all over Spain for parts and have been left in embarrassing situations – such as when the engine failed on the N-332 in Gandia and blocked the carriageway for several hours, just weeks after it had last been repaired.
It was towed to a workshop in Oliva, but firefighters are concerned that there seems to be no likelihood of its being fixed soon.
Gandia fire brigade has had to travel to Cartagena (Murcia) and even to Galicia in Spain's far north-west for repair parts.