SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Sep 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Natural Environment and Security area, has decided to extend the reinforcement of 80 members of Operation Brifor until November 15, which was scheduled until October 17.
The councilor of the area, Isabel García, has indicated that in this way there will be a hundred people until that date, in order to keep the extensive forest mass of the island as closely guarded as possible.
Isabel García wanted to recall that the Brifor operation for the Prevention and Extinction of Forest Fires, destined to face the period of greatest danger, already lasted last year from mid-June to mid-September.
“However, this year, and in anticipation of an extension in the weather of adverse temperatures, we have carried out two extensions: on the one hand, the reinforcement of personnel for a month and, on the other, the stay of the helicopter, for 16 days, “said the counselor.
García has stressed that the period of high temperatures is getting longer; For this reason, it has been decided to expand the device with a budget reinforcement of 396,474 euros.
He added that the preliminary work began two months before the start of the campaign, with twenty people dedicated to preventive treatments on forest fuel.
Subsequently, new specialists were incorporated, up to a hundred, specifically for the four-month summer campaign, whose contract would initially be from mid-June to mid-October.
“Now we have carried out an extension, with the appropriate budget increase, to extend the maximum vigilance for another month compared to last year,” said the minister. Subsequently, 20 people will remain on hold until December 15, as originally planned.
Regarding the Brifor helicopter (LI-42), the originally contracted service began on May 20, coinciding with the Arico fire, and was scheduled to end on November 6.
“However, we have verified the importance of acting by air to stop certain fires, so we have decided to extend the service period of one of the two aircraft that we had initially contracted by 16 days,” Garcia said.
The longest stay of one of the two helicopters that are added in summer to the two owned by the Cabildo will cost 54,447 euros. The device will extend its presence until next November 22. With this, the investment in the aircraft service for fire fighting will be a total of 871,968 euros.