Thwart­ing fire suc­cess for vol­un­teers

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Pugh jpugh@cb­

CIVIL pro­tec­tion vol­un­teers car­ried out a record num­ber of hours of sur­veil­lance in Ben­i­tachell dur­ing July and Au­gust, spend­ing 343 hours mon­i­tor­ing the sur­round­ing ar­eas in or­der to prevent any wild­fires.

They trav­elled 2,128 kilo­me­tres dur­ing this time, and sur­veyed high risk ar­eas with binoc­u­lars from strate­gic view­points – es­pe­cially from the Puig Llorença, lo­cated at the peak of the Cum­bre del Sol, which has far reach­ing views over the whole area.

They were able to spend more time as a grant of €5,250 from the min­istry of agri­cul­ture had as­sisted with fuel costs. The sub­sidy was also used in lo­cal schools to in­tro­duce ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes to help prevent the risk of fire.

The vol­un­teers were per­son­ally thanked for their ef­forts by the new mayor, Miguel Án­gel Gar­cía.

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