SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, July 7 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife has appealed this Friday to the population to take extreme precautions in the mountains of the island in the face of the heat wave that is expected next week.
The president of the island corporation, Rosa Dávila, has visited the training area for the Brifor Operation staff located in the El Gaitero area, where she has been able to verify the work they are doing.
Dávila was accompanied by the Minister of the Natural Environment, Blanca Pérez, and the insular director of Security and Emergencies, Iván Martín, as well as technicians from the Brifor operation.
The president points out in a note that “the staff of the Cabildo is prepared and has experience, but next week a heat wave is expected and it is important that the entire population is aware.”
For this reason, he said, “we call for responsibility and collaboration with the indications that we can give from the Cabildo.”
The president also indicates that the Cabildo probably has the “most important” operation in the entire Canary Islands and that is why she calls on the entire population on the importance of prevention.
In this sense, Dávila, Pérez and Martín highlighted the work carried out by the Brifor operation throughout the year, with preventive work, forestry work on forest tracks and firebreaks.
“These are works that are carried out in the months before and after the fire campaign that are essential to prevent the spread of fires,” he points out.
For his part, the technical command of the Brifor operation, Bernabé Gutiérrez, explains that they have visited a training area, specifically for the helicopter, “where combined attacks are trained between helicopter and ground personnel.”
He also points out that the Brifor operation works all year round and prevention is important, especially in winter.
“Now prevention by the population is important to avoid fires,” he stresses.
The Cabildo has a Brifor fire-fighting operation throughout the year that is increased during the fire campaign.
Thus, the operation itself has 8 technicians, 12 agents and 128 combatants, in addition to the coordination staff at the Insular Operations Coordination Center (Cecopin), which is made up of 12 managers.
The fire campaign began on June 12 and will end on October 15, and during this period the operation has increased to 327 people, 96 of whom joined in April, including the 42 members of the Teide National Park .
During the fire campaign, the quadrants of both the company’s own personnel and reinforcements are intensified, with shifts from Monday to Sunday, morning, afternoon and night, and 10 communications operators located in the fire towers are added.
During the fire campaign, reinforcement personnel return to preventive treatments and to their availability to mobilize them in the event of a large forest fire. Likewise, as of December 10, the work of the reinforcement operation ends and the Cabildo continues to develop its work with its own personnel.
The personnel of this campaign will be supported by a land operation made up of 3 mother fire trucks with a capacity of 9,000 liters, 14 forestry fire trucks with a capacity of between 3,500 and 5,000 liters, 2 medium fire trucks of 1,800 liters, 30 light fire trucks of 500 liters, a vehicle Advanced Command Post and 29 all-terrain transport vehicles.
TWO HELICOPTERS AND THREE DRONES
The aerial operation incorporates two helicopters based at the Tenerife Sur airport and three drones with a thermographic and visual camera to take images and videos.
In addition, the process for contracting a helicopter service that may be available for the entire year from 2024 has already begun.
The annual plan for prevention, surveillance and extinction establishes the actions to be carried out in the event of a forest fire, both at a preventive and operational level, and includes a detailed analysis of the physical reality of the island (thermal and wind regime, rainfall, vegetation and areas protected), as well as the danger of forest fires, vulnerability and high-risk areas of forest fires.
During the year, details the Cabildo, preventive works are carried out, in particular forestry treatments, work in firebreak areas, access roads and water points. In the same way, the uses and prohibitions are regulated and the planning of the actions is carried out.