Fire en­gine drama

Res­i­dents at risk as crane ve­hi­cle breaks down again

Costa Levante News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

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.

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